Chiesi Foundation

26 November 2021

𝐈𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐃𝐚𝐲 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐄𝐥𝐢𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐨𝐟 𝐕𝐢𝐨𝐥𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐀𝐠𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐬𝐭 𝐖𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐧.

Today is the 𝐈𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐃𝐚𝐲 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐄𝐥𝐢𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐨𝐟 𝐕𝐢𝐨𝐥𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐀𝐠𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐬𝐭 𝐖𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐧. The Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women issued by the UN General Assembly in 1993, defines violence against women as “any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life.”
Violence is multiform. It is not just physical violence, it is also sexual, emotional, psychological, economic, medical. Violence can happen everywhere. Inside a cozy house, in an office, in a street, into a hospital. Operating in the health sector and dealing with mothers and newborns, we are also well aware of another kind of violence: the obstetric violence. It is considered as a particular type of mistreatment towards pregnant women during their pregnancy, labour time and postpartum care by doctors, nurses and health personnel in general. It can hurt physically, mentally and psychologically and can occurs in both public hospital and private health facilities. It takes different forms such as physical violence or verbal abuse. Health workers are often the first professionals that women may disclose violence to, and the health sector has a critical role to play.
Nearly 1 in 3 women have been abused in their lifetime. In times of crises, the numbers rise, as seen during the COVID-19 pandemic and recent humanitarian crises, conflicts and climate disasters. While gender-based violence can happen to anyone, some women and girls are particularly vulnerable like migrants and refugees, indigenous women and ethnic minorities, girls with disabilities, and those living in humanitarian crises’ contest.
Violence against women is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today. A violence often unreported, silent, stigmatized. Violence against women continues to be an obstacle to achieving development, equality and peace. Standing up for women’s rights means standing up for human rights. Today and every day we stand up for women’s rights. And we stand up against any kind of violence against women and girls.

𝐈𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐃𝐚𝐲 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐄𝐥𝐢𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐨𝐟 𝐕𝐢𝐨𝐥𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐀𝐠𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐬𝐭 𝐖𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐧.
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