Posted by: childrenofiran | November 25, 2009

November 25: International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Violence against girls and women is unacceptable in any society in today’s world. Yet violence against girls and women is epidemic in our societies. November 25 marks the International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women. We at Voices of Children in Iran recognize this day as important because children who are exposed to violence in the home are at higher risk of experiencing poor outcomes than their unexposed peers. They are also at significantly higher risk for future violence themselves: girls whose mother was abused by their fathers are more likely to be abused when they enter into their own relationships as adults. Similarly, boys whose mother was abused are more likely to become perpetrators of spousal violence as adults.

As is clear from the figure below, domestic violence is epidemic in our world, and is particularly prevalent in Iran: 66 percent of Iranian women report having ever experienced an episode of spousal violence. We take the opportunity today to join with the rest of the world to say no to violence against girls and women.

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Source of data for Iran domestic violence statistics: Ghazi Tabatabai M, Mohsen Tabrizi AR, Marjai SH. [Studies on domestic violence against women.] Tehran: Office of Public Affairs, Ministry of Interior. Center of Women and Family Affairs, Presidency of the Islamic Republic of Iran; 2004. Persian.

Additional useful reading: Domestic violence against single and married women in Iranian society

By resolution 54/134 of 17 December 1999, the General Assembly designated 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and invited governments, international organizations and NGOs to organize activities designated to raise public awareness of the problem on that day. Women’s activists have marked 25 November as a day against violence since 1981. This date came from the brutal assassination in 1960, of the three Mirabal sisters, political activists in the Dominican Republic, on orders of Dominican ruler Rafael Trujillo (1930-1961).

On 20 December 1993 the General Assembly adopted Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women (A/RES/48/104).



  1. Violence against women and children is still very prevalent in the US. hypocrites think it is only a trait of the ME countries.

  2. Dear Bob Roony,

    You are correct in your assertion that domestic violence is prevalent in the US and other industrialized nations. It is a worldwide problem.

    Similar prevalence figures (ever-experience of partner violence) for industrialized countries include the following, which come from data that are not strictly comparable, but give an idea nevertheless:

    Canada: 29%
    Japan: 59%
    New Zealand: 20%
    Switzerland: 20%
    United Kingdom: 25%
    United States: 28%

    Data are drawn from the following publication:
    Domestic violence against women and girls. 2000. Innocenti Digest No 6, UNICEF Innocenti Research Center

  3. […] A l’occasion du 25 novembre, Journée Internationale contre les violences faites aux femmes, The Voice of Children in Iran a publié quelques statistiques sur les violences conjugales en […]

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