Opinion survey shows shocking violence stats towards women
25/11 marks International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to combat a ‘global pandemic’ of violence shown in an opinion survey. A report on the opinion survey, published by the United Nations, revealed some shocking statistics on the levels of violence towards women right across the globe.
According to the published opinion survey, as many as 1 in 3 women worldwide have experienced physical or sexual violence – the majority of which was by their partner. The study said this rose to 7 out of 10 women in some countries. An estimated 133 million girls and women have experienced female genital mutilation. Plus, an estimated 700 million women alive today were married as children, of which 250 million were married before the age of 15. The UN states that girls who are married before the age of 18 are much less likely to complete their education, and are at a much higher risk of experiencing domestic abuse as well as complications from childbirth.
The campaign for International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women believes that the violence is not inevitable. It is a result of discrimination against women and inequality which is still rife. Violence against women is a human rights violation and we must increase awareness across the world. Enter the brilliant #orangetheworld campaign.
Orange the World is 16 days of activism starting from 25th November to 10th December, which is Human Rights Day. Orange the World originated from the first Women's Global Leadership Institute, coordinated by the Center for Women's Global Leadership in 1991. Today, the UNiTE campaign strongly emphasizes the need for sustainable financing to help women and girls. The campaign seeks to raise money and awareness to put the violence to an end for good.
As part of the #orangetheworld campaign, the colour orange will be projected onto many famous landmarks to symbolise a brighter future without violence. So far, the campaign has already lit the Peace Palace in The Hague in the Netherlands which, according to opinion surveys, caused quite a stir. Niagara Falls, the ruins of Petra in Jordan and the European Commission building in Belgium are all set to be lit up in orange, alongside other worldwide landmarks and local infrastructure.
Opinion survey stats aside, violence against women must stop. Prevention is possible – and everyone has a part to play in raising awareness and ending this global pandemic which threatens future generations of both women and men around the world.
Find out more and get involved in #orangetheworld by following the UN Women Facebook page. We would also love to hear your views through our latest opinion surveys, and let us know whether you’ve seen and orange-lit landmarks! Take part in the discussion and help raise awareness on our Opinion Outpost UK Facebook page.