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International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is a day to recognise and promote the rights of women and girls, and speak out against violence and abuse against them.

The United Nations Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women defines violence against women and girls as “any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women”.

Violence against women threatens women and girls basic right to feel safe and respected at work, in public, in places of study and at home. Gender based violence is both a cause and consequence of gender inequality and inhibits women’s ability to enjoy and exercise their human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Today recognises the suffering of women and girls who experience violence, and seeks to raise awareness of the changes that are still needed in order to achieve gender equality.
If you, or someone you know, is experiencing violence, contact the police (000) or for 24/7 national counselling helpline, information and support contact 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) or