International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Publicated on: November 25, 2014

Violence against women is one of the most significant problems of our time. According to the statistics of World Bank, women between the age of 15 and 44 are at bigger risk of becoming the victim of domestic or sexual violence than getting cancer, malaria, being in a car accident or a victim of war.

By resolution 54/134 of 1999, the United Nations General Assembly designated 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. This world day has become a 16-day-long programme between 25 November and 10 December, the latter marks the Human Rights Day.

The Fundamental Law of Hungary declares that all men and women are equal and grants special protection for women. In the new Criminal Code domestic violence exists as a separate provision, which is a huge step forward compared to previous regulation.

For the Human Rights Working Group the elimination of violence against women is of paramount importance. The Working Group for Women’s Rights provides a platform to discuss topical questions about the situation of women’s rights in Hungary.

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