It’s Time to Say NO to Violence Against Women, Everywhere

Note: This is a guest post by Urjasi Rudra, Coordinator of Say NO UNiTE to End Violence against Women

It’s time.

From 4 March to 15 March, governments, activists, media and private sector representatives are convening at the United Nations for the 57th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (#CSW57). Held annually, the Commission discusses issues and strategies to advance gender equality. This year, it will focus on two key questions: how can we prevent violence against women and girls worldwide; and how to ensure better and adequate services for survivors.

Up to 7 in 10 women and girls worldwide will be beaten, raped, abused, or mutilated in their lifetime. They will experience violence in their homes, schools, work place, streets and their most intimate relationships. “Seven in ten” is not a mere statistic. They are our friends, colleagues, neighbors, parents and partners, children and siblings. They are among the 11,800 women and girls kidnapped every year in Kyrgyzstan, and the millions who wish every day that walking on the streets or taking public transportation didn’t result in sexual harassment. They are women like Catherine Smith in Australia, for whom it took 30 years to get justice and Mayerlis Angarita, survivor of armed conflict in Colombia. They include 12 year old Izzo in Pakistan who was married off to compensate for a crime committed by her family, and Doris John from Papua New Guinea, who left her abusive husband, only to face violence in her work place. These are stories of violation, survival and inspiration to do more, to end violence against women and girls.

It’s time to protect and support every Catherine, Mayerlis, Izzo and Doris in the world. With stronger laws and policies, adequate budget to resource these plans, better services for survivors, and prevention programmes that reach girls and boys, men and women, we can end violence against women and girls. It’s time to say NO.

There’s a momentum for change like never before. People have risen around the world to say NO. Governments have risen to announce specific measures that they are taking in their countries under UN Women’s COMMIT to End Violence against Women. From better laws and justice systems, more shelters and services, gender responsive budgets, educational programmes and awareness campaigns, commitments are coming from all regions. Has your government committed?

Much has been accomplished, but so much more needs to be done. Each of us has a role to play to end this pandemic. If you are mobilizing your community, working on a campaign, or just looking for ideas about how to help, visit UN Women’s global platform for advocacy and action, and join our Thunderclap before 4 March to tweet with us in one voice. All tweets will be released together on 4 March to flood Twitter with one unifying message to end violence against women and girls.

So what do you say: How will you say NO?


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Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson2 years ago

thank you. it is way PAST time

Bryna Pizzo
Bryna Pizzo2 years ago

Thank you for sharing the truth about the position of women in the world. It is incumbent on each and everyone of us to fight this issue. Violence against women must end. (P, T)

Bill Reese
Bill Reese2 years ago

Pam w. I just found this site and you are so right as to the Muslim and their so called religious practices. Not long ago this year, a 12 year old girl was raped and then her husband just had to have her found guilty of infidelity, have her buried up to her chest and then stoned to death. What kind of a religion is that? And here in American our government has funded how many Mosque for the mulims to recruit more people into the religion of peace.

The idea of genital mutilation of daughter is sick and takes place in over 80% of the countries of Africa. I have heard of some in the Middle East, but I do not know if all of them still do that or not. I am not even sure of pakistan, but I will look it up as soon as I send this comment.

Every man that helps to have that done to any woman, needs to have it done to him, and after a while may be men would get the picture tha they need to respect the women of this world.

Fiona T.
Fi T.2 years ago

IT's a long way to go

Kelly Rogers
Kelly Rogers2 years ago


Anne Thorsen
Past Member 2 years ago

Congratulations!! On this international Womens day I`d like to wish all of you beautiful, glowing, sharing women out there a fully prosperous life, full of joy, love,magic, respect, laughter and no violence!!!!. And I wish the same to all of you great guys out there who dare to love and respect women for what they truly are

Tom McCurry
Tom McCurry2 years ago

It's time that violence against women - physical, emotional and spiritual - be stopped EVERYWHERE and for ALL TIME.

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola2 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Summerannie Moon
Summerannie M.2 years ago

It is disgusting that women have to suffer and even be killed by the hands of their partner/b/friend/friend/family member or stranger. Where you dont get over it and you still remember that precise situation. Maybe it should be put into the school curriculum from an early age but also to teach parents or new couples how to co habitate properly. When couples married or not war on a daily basis and belt and scream at themselves,their kids and kick the cat or dog b/c they dont know anything better then those children learn that its the norm when its not. So the bashing, yelling screaming cycle is learnt and passed on over and over again. It pays to be discerning when hooking up with some one and for the woman to also learn to not rant and rave and scream too. However its always women who are over powered and cower.

Rose Becke2 years ago