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It is reported that one in three women have experienced physical or sexual violence in their lifetime—a pandemic of global proportions. Unlike an illness, however, it can be stopped. Violence is not inevitable. It can be prevented. But it’s not as straightforward as eradicating a virus. There is no vaccine, medication or cure. And there is no one single reason for why it happens.

In 1999 the UN General Assembly designated 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, inviting governments, international organizations and NGOs to organize activities designed to raise public awareness of the issue on that day. The 2018 theme is Orange The World: #HearMeToo and like previous editions, the date marks the launch of 16 days of activism that will conclude on 10 December 2018, International Human Rights Day.

As part of its public service, the library is raising awareness to this global problem by highlighting some of our collections on this very important issue. Please also check this link for more information on violence against women.

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