International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
Ljubljana, 25 November 2016 – Today marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Every third woman is a victim of violence, often committed by the people closest to her. On this occasion, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia calls for the elimination of all forms of violence against women and girls and discrimination against them.
Violence against women and children is being increasingly recognised globally as a human rights violation with negative effects on not only the victims of violence, but also their families and societies in general. Intimate partner violence also has economic consequences, as it reduces household income and, due to lower productivity, affects the national budget. Women as victims of violence are often unable to engage in economic activity; their leaves of absence and the costs of their health care and victim assistance amount to 5.2% of global GDP.
This year again the global campaign ‘Orange the World’ has been launched, calling for the financing of measures to prevent violence against women and girls. Research shows that if countries invest in preventing violence and in victim assistance, they reduce the economic consequences of violence against women. Data show that even a small investment in well- prepared and integrated programmes and measures can have a great positive impact for women and their communities. As part of the campaign, numerous buildings worldwide, including some public buildings in Ljubljana, will be illuminated with orange light.
In pursuing its foreign policy, the Slovenian Foreign Ministry dedicates considerable attention to women’s rights and empowerment. Promoting the eradication of all forms of violence and discrimination against women and girls is one of Slovenia’s priorities in international forums. Furthermore, Slovenia supports the empowerment of women through its projects of development cooperation. In 2016, Slovenia is financing projects in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia which also involve psychosocial assistance for women who are victims of violence.
With resolution 54/134 of 17 December 1999, the United Nations General Assembly designated 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, while international civil society has observed 25 November since 1981 to commemorate the lives of the Mirabal sisters, political activists from the Dominican Republic.