We are passionate about empowering girls and young women, giving them choices and preventing violence against them. Each year on 25th November the UN promotes Elimination of Violence Against Women Day. This day also sees the start of 16 days of activism against gender-based violence.
We know that physical, sexual, psychological and economic violence towards women is played out across our world in many forms: child marriage, female genital mutilation, trafficking and child sexual exploitation, honour-based violence and domestic abuse. This violence doesn’t respect international borders. It permeates all cultures and communities throughout the world.
Violence against women violates their basic human rights and is harmful for their health and wellbeing. The consequences, however, are on a much wider scale. The fight against poverty and HIV is hindered. The persistent narrative of gender inequality is reinforced. These catastrophic consequences in families and communities continue for generations.
Recent UN reports tell us that 35% of women and girls globally experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime, and in some countries this rises to seven in ten women. Globally, that’s more than a third of all women. It's devastating, and we are determined to do something about it.
Did you know?
Across the world, more than 700 million women alive today were married as children.
250 million of these women were married before the age of 15.
Girls who marry before the age of 18 are less likely to complete their education and more likely to experience domestic violence and complications in childbirth (UNICEF).
We believe preventing child marriage and exploitation begins with education and training.
Here at Project Girl Code, we are joining with others across the globe to raise awareness of this inequality and to fight for these women as though they are our own sisters, daughters and friends.
We eliminate violence by reaching girls vulnerable to exploitation and give them digital skills in order for them to have sustainable careers. We want to reach these seven in ten girls and young women and provide them with opportunities to escape the perpetuating cycle of poverty, violence and discrimination.
“[Girls] know that education is their only path to self-sufficiency. It is their only chance to shape their own fate rather than having the limits of their lives dictated to them by others.” Michelle Obama, Girl Up (UN Foundation website)
The UN are encouraging us all the light up our world with orange as a symbol of hope for women and girls all over the world (#orangetheworld). Get involved with the 16 days of activism today.