Each year around the world, International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8. Thousands of events occur not just on this day but throughout March to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women. Organizations, governments, charities, educational institutions, women’s groups, corporations and the media celebrate the day. Many groups around the world choose different themes each year relevant to global and local gender issues.
On International Women’s Day, as throughout the year, S.H.A.R.E., Inc. Domestic Violence Program focuses on prevention and intervention in domestic violence.
“Violence against women is a global problem that crosses all cultural, social, economic and national boundaries,” said Jan Schiller, S.H.A.R.E. Executive Director. “Part of our effort to prevent domestic violence includes working with other domestic violence and sexual assault programs and the schools to provide information to middle and high school students about healthy relationships and alternatives to violence.”
Schiller said the Teen Dating Violence Prevention activities are being stepped up this year through a collaboration with Help for Abused Partners in Sterling to reach more students in Kit Carson, Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington and Yuma Counties, in addition to Logan and Morgan.
Some facts about the global problem of violence against women:
Organizations around the world will focus during International Women’s Day on the many impacts from violence against women and girls, including:
- Up to 50% of sexual assaults are committed against girls under the age of 16.
- Globally, 603 million women live in countries where domestic violence is not yet considered a crime.
- Up to 70% of women in the world report having experienced physical and/or sexual violence at some point in their lifetime.
- Over 60 million girls worldwide are child brides, married before the age of 18
- As many as one in four women experience physical or sexual violence during pregnancy.
- Women and girls make up 80% of the estimated 800,000 people trafficked across national borders annually, with 79%of them trafficked for sexual exploitation.