Background of Topic:
The World Health Organization says that intimate partner violence is one of the most common forms of violence against women. This type of violence includes physical, sexual and emotional abuse, as well as controlling behaviors by an intimate partner. These violations result in serious short-term and long-term physical, sexual and reproductive, and mental health problems, including increased vulnerability to HIV. According to UN Women, 35 percent of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence. In addition, 38 percent of all women who were murdered were victims of their intimate partners.
Ideas for the Day:
- Look into the issue of domestic/intimate partner violence locally. How prevalent is the issue? What laws are in place to address the issue? What services exist for survivors?
- Volunteer at a domestic violence shelter in your local community or find out their most needed items and start a collection drive.
- Head to Facebook to discuss why you say NO to violence against women.
Hashtag: #ZontaSaysNO #16Days