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Intl. Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women: Take action to end gender-based violence

I learned this morning from Marie of MAG’s Blog that today is when the United Nations observes the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Certain types of gender-based violence have increased during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the UN has referred to this as the “shadow pandemic”.

Gender-based violence can take multiple forms, and here are a few examples.

Trafficking in women and girls has increased during COVID - UN Women

I’ve written about this before in Slavery Isn’t Over – The Horror of Human Trafficking.

Female genital mutilation: 4 million girls annually are at risk – UN Women

Female genital mutilation (FGM) has significant negative health consequences. You can read more about The Tragedy of Female Genital Mutilation.

Intimate partner violence: UN Women
Stop victim blaming: UN Women

Far too often, victims are blamed for the sexual violence they experience. Society says victims shouldn’t have been drinking, shouldn’t have dressed a certain way, shouldn’t have walked alone, etc. Instead of victim blaming, we need to recognize that consent isn’t that difficult a concept, and the onus is on would-be rapists not to rape.


We need to move beyond this as a society, and break down the rigid gender role expectations that harm females, males, those of other gender identities. Hopefully we can get to a point where we no longer need an International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

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14 thoughts on “Intl. Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women”

  1. Thank you for highlighting initiatives to promote peace and promote/protect human rights ❤️💕❤️. This meets our needs for hope, shared reality, perspective, and learning.

  2. Very few things freak me out as much as female genital mutilation. Ugh, dreadful and needs to be outlawed on a global scale, as do the other examples you gave. Here’s hoping!!

  3. I agree with this, but I was wondering why COVID is leading to an increase in FGM. I went to the UN site, but I couldn’t find any more information. Am I missing something really obvious?

  4. ” Gender-based violence has increased during the COVID-19 pandemic”
    sadly not surprising:
    either a UBI or some sort of universal free bedsit/hotel room would make such a difference in this world.

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