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Women have increasingly become the target of violence worldwide.
The United Nations (UN) designates November 25 as a way to raise awareness of the rape, domestic violence, and many other forms of violence women and girls around the world face every day.
Nearly 1 in 3 women have been abused in their lifetime. In times of crises, the numbers rise, as seen during the COVID-19 pandemic and recent humanitarian crises, conflicts and climate disasters.
The UN notes the date is in remembrance of the three political activists in the Dominican Republic, the Mirabal sisters, who were killed on this day in 1950 on the orders of the country's ruler who they opposed, Rafael Trujillo.
In the year to March 2020, 207 women were killed in Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales). This means about one in four killings were of women.
About 57% of female victims were killed by someone they knew, most commonly a partner or ex-partner. This compares with 39% of men.
The number of female victims was lower than in the previous year, when 241 women were killed - the highest number in a decade.
59,000 rapes were actually reported to the police last year.
The vast majority of sexual offences do not get solved. In fact, most sexual offences do not even get reported to the police.
Almost a third of women tell no-one if they are victims of rape, or attempted rape, according to the Crime Survey for England and Wales.
Fewer than one in six report it to the police. This falls to one in 10 women under 25.
Last year, it was estimated that 1.6 million women in England and Wales were victims of domestic abuse.
While pervasive, gender-based violence is not inevitable. It can and must be prevented.
Stopping violence against women starts with believing survivors, adopting comprehensive and inclusive approaches that tackle the root causes, transform harmful social norms, and empower women and girls.
With survivor-centred essential services across policing, justice, health, and social sectors, and sufficient financing for the women’s rights agenda, we can end gender-based violence.
To raise awareness, this year's theme is "Orange the World: End Violence against Women Now!". Orange is our color to represent a brighter future free of violence against women and girls. Be part of the orange movement!
Ruchi Singh is an International keynote speaker, Communication Mentor for Leaders, International Best Selling Author, Talk Show Host & Award-winning Former HR professional. She has been a Keynote speaker at the United Nations. Other than Antarctica, Ruchi's work has touched lives on all the continents of our world. Learn more at ruchisinghtalks.com You can also connect with her on YouTube: RuchiSinghTalks, LinkedIn: Ruchi Singh, Instagram: RuchiSinghTalks and Twitter: RuchiSinghTalks
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