United Nations has designated November 25 to be the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. The aim is to raise awareness about the many forms of violence against women – physical, sexual, psychological, and economic. Violence against women is a manifestation of unequal power relations and its adverse effects do not harm only women, but also families and communities – the whole society.
- Violence directed against women is violation of human rights;
- Violence against women is the result of continued inequality and discrimination in laws and daily activities;
- Violence against women obstructs activity in several areas such as poverty eradication, HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, peace and security building;
- Violence against women is not inevitable. It is possible and absolutely necessary to avoid violence;
- Violence against women is a pandemic problem.
According to the 2014 study by the European Agency for Fundamental Rights, 20% of women in Estonia experienced physical or sexual violence by their partners during the previous 12 months, 50% experienced mental abuse.