While 2016 saw some victories in countering violence against women and domestic abuse, including the International Criminal Court’s first conviction for sexual violence, the statistics remain grim. In the US alone, three women are killed due to domestic violence every day.
Therefore, on Nov. 25, International International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women Day, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on governments around the world to increase spending in areas that will empower women, help domestic violence victims, and prevent future abuse.
“Violence against women and girls imposes large-scale costs on families, communities, and economies,” the secretary-general said in a statement. The net result “is enormous suffering as well as the exclusion of women from playing their full and rightful roles in society. The world cannot afford to pay this price. Women and girls cannot afford it – and should not have to, yet such violence persists every day, around the world.” READ MORE.