Published: 2019-11-25 12:41
Last Updated: 2019-11-25 13:34
The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women marked today, November 25, 2019.
The 2019 theme for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women is "Orange the World: Generation Equality Stands Against Rape."
Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world.
Incidents of violence against women remain largely unreported due to the impunity, silence, stigma and shame surrounding them.
The UN General Assembly defines violence against women 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.”
The adverse psychological, sexual and reproductive health consequences of violence against women and girls affect females at all stages of their life.
Violence against women continues to be an obstacle to achieving equality, development, peace as well as to the fulfillment of women and girls' rights.
Efforts to prevent and end violence against women at the global, regional and national levels show that there is widespread impunity on sexual violence and rape.
Studies have shown that one in three women are impacted by sexual violence and harassment (rape); 15 million adolescent girls worldwide have experienced forced sex.
This year's International Day will mark the launch of 16 days of activism, under the umbrella of the Generation Equality campaign, which will conclude on December 10, 2019, which marks the International Human Rights Day.
On this occasion, several people from all over the world took to Twitter with the Hashtags, #GenerationEquality #orangetheworld and #spreadtheword.
However, studies revealed that incidents of violence against women and girls in Jordan have remarkably increased in recent years.
In a report, the Sisterhood is Global Institute (SIGI) emphasized that Jordanian women continue to face gender-based violence, so it is important to make efforts to combat all forms of gender-based violence and encourage women to speak up and report incidents of violence.