Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread violations of human rights. Young women around the globe possess the collective power to change their lives, their communities and the world we live in. As they face daily challenges, young women are continually developing innovative, effective ways to improve their lives by bringing together their knowledge and creativity. Thus, it is undeniable that women are leading change.
The United Nations' (UN) International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is observed each year on the 25th of November, an occasion for governments, international organizations and non-governmental organizations to raise public awareness in stopping violence against women.
As we celebrate the United Nations observance of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against women, it gives us a chance to focus our fight against gender-based violence in all its forms. It calls upon us to raise public awareness of this global scourge and to ensure that wherever it occurs, it will be met with global condemnation.
Understanding that investing in young women’s leadership is essential to social change, we, at World Assembly of Youth, empower young women to lead change and support the development of young women’s skills that will enable them to manage and take control on the issues which concern them. This provides engaging and dynamic activities that motivate young women to believe in their abilities, to catalyze change and to mobilize others to do the same.
In our efforts, the 9th Melaka International Youth Dialogue (MIYD), 'Youth and Gender Equality' was one of our successful events, selected in the realization of the need to educate, increase awareness and promote gender equality among youth.
Today, let us recall that action to eliminate violence against women as the responsibility of all, including the United Nations family, Member States, civil society and individual woman and man. This day gives us an opportunity to start building a new Millennium that is free from violence against women and girls; an age in which all humanity know that when it comes to violence against women, there are no grounds for tolerance and no acceptable excuses.
Therefore, we, at WAY, urge all to contribute your efforts so that we could challenge discrimination and impunity as well as put a stop to the mind sets and customs that encourage, ignore or tolerate the global disgrace of violence against women and girls.