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International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, a day that Kito always wants to remember. After sharing with you the story of the Mirabal sisters (read the story here), this time we would like to report some data, in order to better draw this repugnant worldwide phenomenon.

In the United Nations Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the 1st article gives the definition of violence against women.

“(…) the term “violence against women” means 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.”

According to figures collected by UNWOMEN (click here), 1 in 3 women experience physical or sexual violence. What is worse, it seems to be evident that some women’s characteristics and certain contextual factors make them more vulnerable. For instance, sexual orientation, ethnicity and disability, as well as being experiencing humanitarian crisis, and so conflict and post-conflict situations, it is likely to increase vulnerability of women to violence.

The issue appears to be particularly hot in the Philippines. In fact, as reported by the Philippine National Police (PNP), an increase of Violence Against Women cases occurred, rising to 49.9 percent from 2012 to 2013. However, this aggravate a situation that National Statistics Office had already depicted as tragic in 2008, stating that one in every five Filipino women aged 15 to 49 had experienced violence.

Kito Onlus is everyday committed to working with the most vulnerable groups, especially women. Today we all want to dedicate a thought to all those women who are victims of violence, and we invite you to share, promote and advocate to eradicate all forms of gender-based violence.

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