16 Days of Activism


Day 1 :  According to a 2013 global review of available data, 35 percent of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence.  However, some national violence studies show that up to 70% of women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence in their lifetime from an intimate partner.

Day 2:  In Australia, Canada, Israel, South Africa and the United States, intimate partner violence accounts for between 40 and 70% of female murder victims.

Day 3:  More than 64 million girls are child brides, with 46% of women aged 20-24 in South Asia and 41% in west and Central Africa reporting that they married before age 18.  Child marriage resulting in early and unwanted pregnancies poses life-threatening risks for the adolescent girls; worldwide, pregnancy related complications are the leading cause of death for 15-19 year old girls.

Day 4:  Approximately 140 million girls and women in the world have suffered female genital mutilation/cutting.

Day 5:  Trafficking ensnares millions of women and girls in modern-day slavery.  Women and girls represent 55% of the estimated 20.9 million victims of forced labor worldwide, and 98% of the estimated 4.5 million forced into sexual exploitation.

Day 6:  Rape has been rampant tactic in modern wars.  Conservative estimates suggest 20,000 to 50,000 women were raped during the 1992-1995 war in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Day 7:  Approximately 250,000- 500,000 women and girls were targeted in the 1984 Rwandan genocide.

Day 8:  Between 40 and 50% of women in European Union countries experience unwanted sexual advances, physical contact or other forms of sexual harassment at work.

Day 9:  In the United States, 83% of girls aged 12 to 16 have experienced some form of sexual harassment in public schools.

Day 10:  Women in urban areas are twice s likely as men to experience violence, particularly in developing countries.

Day 11:  In New Delhi, a 2010 study found that 66% of women report experiencing sexual harassment between two and five times during the past year.

Day 12:  Women are already two to four times more likely than men to become infected with HIV during intercourse.  Forced sex or rape increases this risk by limiting condom use and causing physical injuries.

Day 13:  In the United States, 11.8% of the new HIV infections among women 20 years old during the previous year were attributed to intimate partner violence.

Day 14:  Annual costs of intimate partner violence have been calculated at USD 5.8 billion in the United States in 2003 and GRP 22.9 billion in England and Wales in 2004.

Day 15:  A 2009 study in Australia estimated the cost of violence against women and children at AUD 13llion per year.

Day 16:  A decade of  cross-sectional research from African countries and India has consistently found women who have experienced partner violence and more likely to be infected with HIV.