Int’l Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women

What is the International Day of the Elimination of Violence Against Women

To raise awareness and trigger action to end global violence against women.

Introduced by the United Nations, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is observed annually on 25 November. The EVAW day is followed by 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, an annual international campaign which runs till 10 December, Human Rights Day.

Each Year a unique theme will be chosen. Past themes include:
UNESCO – Orange the World Campaign
Orange the World: #HearMeToo (2018)
Orange the World: Generation Equality Stands Against Rape (2019)

What is Violence Against Women (VAW)?

Any act of gender-based violence that results in or is likely to result in physical, sexual or psychological/emotional harm or suffering of women. This can occur in private (at home) or in public (such as work, school or general society), and can even be perpetrated by the state. Acts also include threats of violence, coercion, arbitrary deprivation of freedom.

This website explores several types of violence against women that can occur and has occured in Singapore.

Singapore Context

The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) is an international treaty constituting discrimination against women and suggestions to governments on how to end such discrimination.

The Singapore government has taken a stand against violence against women by signing CEDAW and submitting updates on the nation’s progress towards ending discrimination against women.

In addition to the national reports submitted by the government, non-government organisations (NGOs) are encouraged to participate in the reporting process and to provide the CEDAW Committee with information relating to the government’s implementation of the Convention obligations.

All relevant documentations, including State reports, submissions by NGOs can be accessed here.