Nearly 1 in 3 women have faced violence and been abused in their lifetime, and in times of crises, the numbers rise, as seen during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women will mark the launch of the UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign (25 November-10 December) — an initiative of 16 days of activism concluding on the day that commemorates the International Human Rights Day.
To raise awareness, this year's theme is "Orange the World: End Violence against Women Now!". Orange is the colour chosen to represent a brighter future free of violence against women and girls.
This campaign, led by the UN Secretary-General and UN Women since 2008, aims to prevent and eliminate violence against women and girls around the world, calling for global action to increase awareness, promote advocacy and create opportunities for discussion on challenges and solutions.
Councillor Aysha Raza, cabinet member for tackling inequalities said: “All women and girls should feel safe in our borough, whether they’re walking in our town centres after dark, cycling home alone or riding public transport.
“The council is currently working to put in place a consultation that will launch in December. It will be the start of a conversation with women and girls on safety within the borough. Ealing should be a place where women and girls can be themselves without fear.”