International Day to End Violence Against Women – Events from Around the World

This week was the UN’s International day to End Violence Against Women.  On Thursday a 16-day campaign was launched to raise awareness about the huge issue of violence against women, which it is estimated affects up to 70% of the world’s female population.

In Cardiff I went to two events, which you can read about here:

But what events were happening across the world?

  • At the UN headquarters in New York the annual commemoration of the day took place, with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon addressing the crowd.  The UN Trust Fund to end violence against women launched a promotion for giving money to the trust.
  • In the Caribbean musicians are teaming up with radio and television personalities to broadcast messages of zero-tolerance towards violence against women during the next 16 days.
  • In London, women joined together last night in the annual Reclaim the Night march.  There were also events in Newquay, Bangor, Aberdeen, Birmingham, Leeds, Oxford and Portsmouth.
  • InBucharest women lit candles next to card board silhouettes of women, representing those killed by domestic abuse.
  • In Tel Aviv, a number of mock coffins were put outside the law courts to raise awareness of women killed by domestic violence.

To look at pictures of these events, and others, have a look here.

Here’s a pretty picture of the most important words in a statement from US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  The full text is here.

Wordle: Hillary Clinton Speech


About Rachel Conner

Rachel Conner is currently a postgraduate newspaper journalism student at Cardiff University. She graduated in 2010 from the University of Durham with an LLB. View all posts by Rachel Conner

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