November 25 is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. This year, the slogan for the day is ‘Prevention’. In 1981, November 25 was declared as the International Day to eliminate violence against women in a conference on violence against women held in Latin America. On December 17, 1999, the United Nations officially designated the day to be observed worldwide. Sixteen years have passed since, but women in Bangladesh are still facing various forms of violence; mostly domestic violence, including dowry-related violence; rape; acid attacks; various forms of sexual harassment and discrimination. In order to make public and private spaces safe, secure and discrimination free for all women, we have to build resistance against the violence.
Odhikar observed the day and issued a statement on this occasion.
Statement_Odhikar_VAW_25.05.15 (full text in English, PDF)
Press-Release_Odhikar_VAW_25.11.15 (full text in Bangla, PDF)