International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

by Lorraine Williamson
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MADRID – November 25th is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and marks the UN launch of the UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign (Nov 25- Dec 10) — an initiative of 16 days of activism concluding on the day that commemorates the International Human Rights Day (10 December).

With many cases and protests against gender violence in Spain, a project is currently being rolled out in schools. Moreover, this is to help make children aware of the problems and how to seek help. The anthem against gender violence comes in the form of a song and its powerful lyrics – La Puerta Violeta.

Some text translated from the song:

“The machismo that burns everything. The hand on the neck that subtly prevents us from breathing. The blindfold that does not let us see. A guilt that squeezes and paralyzes our feet. A flower that withers, a tree that does not grow. A punishment that is imposed on us. The verse that crosses us out and annuls us. The chains, the cracks, the wrinkles, the corset … the women who fought for our rights and whisper on the nape of the neck. The humiliated, slaves, objectified, murdered … always present.”

It then continues:

“So, I drew a purple door on the wall, and when I entered, I freed myself. How a ship´s sail unfolds. I woke up in a green meadow far away from here. I ran, I screamed, I laughed. And I know what I don´t want.

 Now I am safe!”

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The video of “La Puerta Violeta” is an anthem against sexist aggression. As a tribute to battered women, Rozalén represents the ordeal of mistreatment with a visual metaphor of the Sierra del Segura de Albacete after the devastating summer fire.

la puerta violetaSupport from Guardia Civil

In support of gender violence, violence against women, La Puerta Violeta campaign and, the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the General Directorate of the @guardiacivil lights up its facade this week as a symbol of its commitment to the fight against #VilenciaDeGenero.


Why we must eliminate violence against women

Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is one of the most widespread, constant, and devastating human rights violations in the world today.

Furthermore, gender-based violence can happen to anyone, anywhere. As it is behind closed doors and remains largely unreported, it is, therefore, difficult to comprehend the levels of abuse involved. Also, many women or girls do not report the crimes against them due to impunity, silence, stigma, and the perceived shame surrounding it.

Some facts and figures from the UN

  • 1 in 3 women and girls experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime, most frequently by an intimate partner.
  • One hundred and thirty-seven women are killed by a member of their family every day.
  • Fewer than 40% of the women who experience violence seek help of any sort.

If you or someone you know is a victim of gender violence, it should be reported to the authorities, and a denuncia made. However, this is potentially what puts victims off making an official complaint as it can often trigger an increase in violence if they still live with the aggressor. Speak with a lawyer for the best advice.

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