The Center for Global Women's Leadership is launching the 16 Days of Activism campaign - All Against Violence against women in more than 160 countries this Friday. The period begins on the International Day of Non-Violence against Women and ends on December 10, when International Human Rights Day is observed.
Data from the United Nations (UN) indicates that more than 70% of women around the world suffer some kind of gender-based violence throughout their lives. It is estimated that one in five women is a victim of rape or attempted rape. Women between the ages of 15 and 44 are more likely to suffer sexual and domestic violence than cancer, car accidents or malaria.
This year's campaign theme is From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Let's Challenge Militarism and End Violence against Women. The aim is to speed up police investigations and prosecutions, as well as raising public awareness of the importance of reporting cases of violence against women.
The 16 Days of Activism campaign - All Against Violence against Women was launched in 1991 and has already mobilized more than 3,700 organizations and 164 countries - including Brazil.
Source: Agência Brasil