25 November has been designated by the United Nations General Assembly as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, with an aim to point out a major global issue. This happened back in 17 December 1999. 22 years later, the numbers speak the (awful) truth.
One in three women has been subjected to physical violence, sexual violence or both types of violence since the age of 15 years old, according to to Fundamental Rights Organization of the European Union, while 55% of women has been sexually harassed and 11% of women has been a victim of digital harassment. One in twenty women has been raped.
The implementation of lockdowns across the globe due to Covid-19 has significantly increased violence incidents against women globally. UN already warned in June 2020 for a second pandemic: one of domestic violence.
Aiming at eliminating violence against women, a wide range of institutions and bodies across the globe turn to women empowerment initiatives as a means to strengthen women. A worth mentioning example is the UN Global Compact and UN Women initiative inviting businesses across the globe to endorse the Women’s Empowerment Principles. More than 3,000 companies so far have participated in the initiative. Promoting education, training and professional development for women is one of the seven principles. Workearly Business, believing in the need to empower women, created the #WorkingMothersUpskilling initiative that gives prominence to companies supporting working mothers and actively contributing to their professional growth.
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