International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today remains largely unreported due to the impunity, silence, stigma and shame surrounding it.

In general terms, it manifests itself in physical, sexual and psychological forms, encompassing:

  • intimate partner violence (battering, psychological abuse, marital rape, femicide);
  • sexual violence and harassment (rape, forced sexual acts, unwanted sexual advances, child sexual abuse, forced marriage, street harassment, stalking, cyber- harassment);
  • human trafficking (slavery, sexual exploitation); and
  • child marriage.

Shared from United Nations.

All to often we see young women at Covenant House Vancouver who have had to endure violence, trauma and human trafficking. We strongly believe every single person deserves love, respect and a life free from violence.