International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women by Dr. Susana Medina

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 violence that has or may result in physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering for women, as well as threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether they occur in public life or in private life.”

Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating violations of human rights in today’s world that is barely reported due to the impunity enjoyed by those who exercise violence, and the silence, stigmatization and shame victims suffer.

Although all women, in all parts of the world, may suffer gender-based violence, some women and girls are particularly vulnerable, examples of them are older girls and women, women who identify as lesbian, bisexual, transgender or intersex, migrants and refugees, those of indigenous peoples or ethnic minorities, or women and girls living with HIV and disabilities, and those in humanitarian crises.

Violence against women remains an obstacle to achieving equality, development, and peace, as well as respect for the human rights of women and girls. The promise of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of not letting anyone be left behind cannot be fulfilled without first ending violence against women and girls.

Paint the world orange against rape

There is still widespread impunity in sexual violence and rape, hence why the theme of this International Day is “Paint the world of orange: Generation equality opposes rape.”

As has happened in previous editions, this fight day of November 25 will mark the launch of the UNITE Campaign, which will feature 16 days of activism that will conclude on December 10, 2019, coinciding with International Human Rights Day.

The UNITE campaign is a movement initiated years ago by the Secretary-General of the United Nations to end violence against women and that, like this year’s theme, will focus its efforts and activities in the fight against rape.

The Superior Court of Justice of Entre Ríos, the Association of Women Judges of Argentina (AMJA), the Office of Gender Violence of the STJER and the Institute of Judicial Training and Improvement of the Province of Entre Ríos “Dr. Juan Bautista Alberdi” adhere together, for the first time in 2019, to the UN Campaign “Paint the world orange.”

Let’s continue working with the same commitment as always for us, for others and for future generations.


Below are some articles that highlight Dr. Medina’s activities on November 25 in commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women:

This blog post was prepared by Judge Susana Medina, Past President of the IAWJ and the Association of Women Judges of Argentina.   The views presented in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of the IAWJ