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As we observe the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, it's a moment that beckons us not just to reflect, but to act. This day marks the beginning of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, a period that urges us to confront the often-hidden scourge of violence against women and girls.

Violence against women is not just a women's issue; it's a human issue. It cuts across every country, every culture, and every community. Yet, despite its prevalence, it remains shrouded in silence and stigma. The statistics are staggering and heartbreaking. According to the United Nations, 1 in 3 women worldwide have experienced physical or sexual violence, mostly by an intimate partner.

This year's theme, "Orange the World: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect!", is a call to action. It's a reminder that we need to fund services that support survivors, respond effectively to their needs, prevent future violence through education and awareness, and collect data to improve policies and interventions.

In these 16 days, let's not only wear orange to raise awareness but also take concrete steps to challenge the norms and behaviors that perpetuate violence. Let's support organizations working on the frontlines, educate ourselves and those around us, and most importantly, listen to and amplify the voices of survivors.

This period is also a time to recognize the incredible resilience and strength of women who have faced violence and are fighting back. Their stories are not just tales of suffering but of remarkable courage and hope.

As we move forward, let's remember that ending violence against women requires all of us. It requires men and women to stand together in solidarity. It calls for governments, communities, and individuals to take responsibility and act.

Let's use these 16 days to ignite a year-round commitment to ending gender-based violence. Because a world free of violence against women and girls is a better world for everyone.

#OrangeTheWorld #16Days #EndViolenceAgainstWomen

Cantering Bliss Brooch inspired by resilient Indigenous and non Indigenous women 

November 30, 2023 2 min read

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