UNESCO IITE welcomes to join the global flash mob to eliminate violence against women

November 25th, International Day for the Elimination Violence against Women,was initiated by the United Nations Organisation and was first celebrated back in 1999. The UN experts indicate that violence against women has a negative impact on the development and jeopardizes it in many spheres including poverty elimination, HIV/AIDS prevention, promotion of peace and security. 

According to the World Health Organisation, one in three women experiences physical or sexual violence in their lifetime, usually from a male partner.

Yulia Plakhutina, project manager at the UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education (IITE), says: “Violence does not just harm women; it weakens societies as a whole. It has catastrophic consequences for psychological and physical health of its victims – women and girls. Sexual coercion drastically increases the risk of HIV transmission as well as other infections.”

Every year, a global campaign “16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence” is run from November 25th to December 10th (The UN Human Rights Day) to attract attention to the hurtful issue of violence against women and girls. This year, UN Women and UNESCO run a global flash mob inviting people to take a photo and post it in their social media accounts with a hashtag #orangetheworld. A touch of orange in the photo is recommended, as orange is the official UN colour for this day.

Learn more: http://www.un.org/en/events/endviolenceday

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