25 November is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. It marks the start of the 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence, which runs from now until 10 December, Human Rights Day.
Right now, the catastrophic effects of climate change and hikes in food and fuel prices are being felt around the world.
But no matter how big the crisis, we cannot afford to ignore violence against women and girls. During times of crisis, the risk of violence against women and girls and child marriage increases sharply.
In countries hardest hit by the global hunger crisis, reported cases of violence against women and girls have risen by as much as 200% since last year.
When we work with women, girls, their families and communities to address the harmful social norms which put them at risk, women and girls are safer and violence decreases.
In solidarity with survivors of gender-based violence around the world, we are sharing 16 inspirational stories of activism. Together with the women featured in these stories, CARE is working to #ChangeTheStory and combat the causes and consequences of violence against women and girls.