Violence against women is a pervasive human rights violation, a public health crisis, and an obstacle to equality, development, security, and peace.

Forms of gender-based violence include, but are not limited to: domestic violence, sexual abuse, rape, sexual harassment, trafficking in women, forced prostitution, and harmful practices.

These forms of violence can result in physical, mental, sexual, and reproductive health and other health problems.

16 days of activism against gender violence will take place globally beginning with International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (this Sunday, November 25) and ending on International Human Rights Day (December 10).

For more information on this global campaign please visit