Today is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. On December 6, 1989, 14 female engineering students were murdered and ten others injured in an act of gender-based violence (GBV).
Violence against women and girls is the world’s largest and most persistent human rights violation. This day is an opportunity to reflect on violence against women and to remember those who have died as a result of gender-based violence. It is a day to come together, speak out, and take action to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls.
Become an ally by adopting these simple but powerful actions all year long:
- Listen: be open to learning from the experiences of others
- Believe: support survivors and those affected by violence. It is very important that you say the words ‘’I believe you’’ and ‘’This is not your fault’’
- Educate (yourself and others): learn the facts about GBV; know what your workplace policies say about violence and harassment; take a course; participate in an event
- Speak out: add your voice to call out violence
- Intervene: find a safe way to help when you see acts of gender-based violence. Name what you see. Express your concern and ask how you can help. Intervening can also mean providing support and resources
- Act: give your time or donate to organizations working to end gender-based violence