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Give Thanks & Observe International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women!

As we give thanks this Thursday, we keep in mind the privilege of security that many of us enjoy. Friday, November 25, is International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.  Despite progress in many parts of the world, data from the World Bank reports that women between the ages of 15-44 are more at risk from rape and domestic violence than they are to cancer, malaria, war, and car accidents.  It is estimated that up to 70 percent of women experience violence at some point in their life.  Violence can take the form of physical, sexual, psychological and economic abuse.  Violence can range from more conventional notions of abuse like intimate partner violence, conflict-related violence in war torn countries to trafficking in persons, dowry murder or honor killings.  For more in-depth information on the global status of violence against women take a peek at this United Nations page, which includes Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s 2011 message in observance of this day and information related to his campaign, UNiTE to End Violence Against Women.