International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

25 November

On 25 November 1960, the Mirabal sisters were brutally assassinated because of their identity as women and activists. Their only crime was having fought for their rights against the Dominican dictator, Rafael Trujillo (1930-1961). In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 48/104 for the Elimination of Violence Against Women which defines this type of violence as “any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual, or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life.” Consequently, to solidify this decision, in 1999 the General Assembly proclaimed 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

"Violence against women is a scourge that must stop. On this International Day, UNESCO is once again calling for unity and action – for women’s rights are the human rights of all."
UNESCO Director-General
Audrey Azoulay Director-General

2023 Edition

Orange the Globe, Orange the World

On 25 November and for the 16 Days of Activism against GBV, UNESCO is lighting its globe in orange.


What UNESCO does on preventing violence against women

Priority Gender Equality
School-related GBV
Girls' Education
Gender and Disaster Risk Reduction
Women and Climate Change
Culture of Peace and Non-Violence
Safety of Women Journalists


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