One Billion Rising
Rise for Justice, Make a Stand to #ENDviolence
On 14 February 2014 one billion girls, women, boys and men all around the world will rise and dance to demand justice for every girl and women that has suffered abuse and violence.
Violence against girls and women is a universal phenomenon and its levels remain unacceptably high. According to country data, up to 70% of women in various parts of the world report having experienced physical and/or sexual violence at some point in their lifetime. UNITE Campaign
Violence against girls and women seriously affects their ability to enjoy rights and freedoms on a basis of equality and has devastating effects on many aspects of their lives, including their sexual and reproductive health and rights, as well as their mental and physical health. Moreover, violence against girls and women has been found to be a cause and consequence of HIV. Violence against women and girls has severe consequences on families, communities and societies, and results in significant economic and social costs for countries. Joint statement
To end violence against girls and women, we must start with education and facilitate change in gender stereotypes, attitudes and beliefs that condone violence and harmful constructions of masculinity. Efforts to prevent gender based violence must be accelerated along with increased access to justice, including reparations, and access to comprehensive services, the empowerment of women and girls and the eradication of stigmatisation of survivors. This requires the adoption of approaches at different levels and engaging all segments of society, including dedicated work with men and boys.
But at the end of the day, eliminating violence in society starts with US – YOU and ME. We need to make ending violence a little part of our everyday life. We need to intervene when we see violence, and we need to talk about how it's wrong.
UNICEF and our National Ambassadors, Upin and Ipin call on YOU to stop violence against girls and women by loving, caring and respecting the girls and women in our lives. Let’s make a promise this Valentine’s Day to #ENDviolence by committing to love and peace. Visit the UNICEF Malaysia Facebook page and make your pledge now.