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The UN mission in Afghanistan stressed that alongside the effective legal and institutional mechanisms for access to justice, stopping violence against women requires an effort from all of us, from every individual, to speak out against violence in homes, workplaces and social settings.

Finally, as we prepare for the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women on December 6, we must continue to challenge deep-rooted attitudes and behaviours that grow from misogyny and other forms of hate-motivated discrimination that lead to violence against women.

This year, the European Union and the United Nations launched the Spotlight Initiative to eliminate violence against women and girls.

25 Nov is the International Day to End Violence against Women!

According to the data, 35% of the world's women have experienced physical or sexual violence.

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In line with that theme, UNiTE is leading a campaign called 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which aims to raise public awareness and mobilize people throughout the globe to bring about change.

One of the most widespread and devastating human rights violations in the world today is the violence against women and girls.

Calling for violence against women in Afghanistan to immediately stop, Tadamichi Yamamoto, the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), said that no Afghan man will achieve his full potential unless women and girls in Afghanistan reach theirs.

Nearly half of the women who were killed in 2012 were killed by either partners or family members, compared to 6% of men.

"Women around the country should be aware that they are sufficiently protected by the law", Legarda said.

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November 25 is celebrated as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women across the world.

Yet despite its pervasiveness, violence against women is not inevitable - and it is preventable.

Orange is the official colour of the campaign, which is why various capitals around the world express their solidarity by lighting their main buildings in orange.

Violence against women and girls remains high in the country despite efforts to eradicate the vice.

While this violence continues, the worldwide community will not achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, a master plan to end poverty and save the planet, adopted by the United Nations in 2015.

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