Supporting the Elimination of Violence against women as a student

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24 October 2022

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is an international campaign started in 1991 by activists at the Women’s Global Leadership Institute. The day takes place on the 25th of November every year and it kicks off the wider campaign—16 days of activism against Gender-based violence, running from the 25th of November until the 10th of December. This year, the theme is “UNITE! Activism to end violence against women and girls”.

Women’s rights activists have propelled the movement leaps and bounds, raising awareness, encouraging others to speak up and creating changes across global political agendas. But sadly, violence against women and girls remains one of the most prominent human rights violations, estimated to affect one in three women.

There is some good news, however—as research shows that countries with strong feminist movements adopted an average of three more measures addressing violence against women and girls than those without that same movement. These figures show that activism is making a difference. 

So with this in mind—we’ve come up with some ways that you can show your support for International Day for the Elimination of violence against women this year.


Amplify the voices of the feminist movement 

Social media is a great place to start when it comes to spreading the word. Many feminist activists and women’s organisations share amazing and inspiring content about the anti-violence movement. Elevate these voices where you can by sharing them on your social media or craft some unique posts of your own. The more people gain awareness of the unjust situations women are facing, the more this issue rises on political agendas across the globe.


Be an advocate for women’s rights 

As a student, you can advocate for women’s rights in your university or college by enquiring about changes to improve equality and diversity. You could put forward some suggestions for awareness-raising activities such as posters or fundraisers. If you bring these issues to the attention of others, you can work together to raise awareness and make a difference.


Get involved in women’s rights movements 

Many events and awareness days relating to women’s rights take place every year, including International Women’s Day. Maybe you can encourage your college or university to celebrate the day with a presentation or talk. The colour of the 16 days of activism against Gender-based violence campaign is orange. So you could also organise a wear orange day in honour of this pressing issue.


Learn more about the topic 

There are plenty of resources out there that take a deeper dive into the history of violence against women and how we can work towards a better place in the future. The United Nations is a good place to start, and there are plenty of other organisations such as Women’s AidRefuge and EVAW Coalition


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