Violence against women: let’s picture a better world

By Barbora Němcová/FRIDA

One, two, three… Imagine a world in which every third woman you meet on your way to work, in the store or at school have or will experience physical and/or sexual violence by her partner or sexual violence by a non-partner. One, two, three… Actually, don’t try to imagine that. You don’t have to. According to the latest statistics, every third woman worldwide will experience that kind of violence.

Photo: UN Photo/Christopher Herwig

Today – 25 November – is the International Day to End Violence against Women. It also marks the beginning of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence. From 25 November to 10 December, people around the world come together to say no to violence against women and girls.

This matters. Violence against women can damage the health and well-being not only of women, but also their children. Violence against women destroys societies. Violence against women turns women into statistics. One, two, three… Let’s all say no. Not just today, or for the next 16 days. Let’s stand up to violence every day until we live in a world where when you count to three, no horror stories follow.

That is why we at FRIDA together with our grantees stand up to violence against women throughout the world all year long. Thank you to all the women who have each other’s back, thank you to all FRIDA grantees!


For  more information on violence against women and health, see WHO.