16 Days of Activism Blog – International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and Girls



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Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and Girls

Violence against women and girls is prevalent in every society in the world, this violence does not discriminate against class, age, race or culture.

  • Up to 7 in 10 women around the world experience physical and/or sexual violence at some point in their lifetime (United Nations)
  • 603 million women live in countries where domestic violence is not yet considered a crime (United Nations)
  • Over 60 million girls worldwide are child brides and are married before the age of 18 (United Nations)
  • 1 in 4 women in England and Wales will experience domestic abuse in their lifetime and 2 women a week are murdered by their partner or former partner (England and Wales Crime Survey).

Violence against women is a human rights violation and is a consequence of discrimination against women, in law and also in practice, and of persisting inequalities between men and women (

The 16 days of Activism

From the 25th November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10th December, Human Rights Day, and the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign is a time to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls around the world. The international campaign originated from the first Women’s Global Leadership in 1991.

Changing Pathways is dedicated to working towards the elimination of violence against women and girls. We provide direct support to women and their children experiencing domestic violence and abuse through safe accommodation, community based support, therapeutic play sessions and counselling.

For each of the 16 days we will publish a new blog post on our website highlighting our work and other campaigns as part of the wider agenda of gender-based violence. We also have other interesting campaigns such as ‘Children’s Voices: Surviving Domestic Violence and Abuse’ and we are attending lots of awareness events during the 16 days of activism. More information can be found here and on our social media channels.

If you would like to support our work through a financial donation please text BWAS05 £2 to 70070


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