“Domestic Violence occurs across the globe, affecting millions of people across society, irrespective of economic status. No country or community is untouched.” (Baroness Scotland, EDV Global Foundation). The ‘Reducing Domestic Abuse’ Coalition was launched on 21 March 2012. Watch the video and join us.
Peace Day is as much about reducing the violence in our homes, communities and schools as it is about civil and international wars. If individuals come together on the day to eliminate domestic abuse, more violence would be averted than if all wars stopped at once.
With lead partner, the Eliminate Domestic Violence Global Foundation and its founder Baroness Scotland QC, Peace One Day has brought together a coalition of partners dedicated to reducing domestic abuse worldwide on Peace Day.
According to the United Nations' Secretary General's campaign, UNiTE to End Violence against Women, on average, at least one in three women is beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused by an intimate partner in the course of her lifetime. Among women aged between 15 and 44, acts of violence cause more instances of death and disability than cancer, malaria, traffic accidents and war combined (World Bank). Half of all women who die from homicide are killed by a current or former partner (WHO/ World Bank).
‘Domestic Violence occurs across the globe, affecting millions of people across society, irrespective of economic status. No country or community is untouched’
Baroness Scotland QC.
There is a strong likelihood that someone you know has been the victim of domestic abuse in their lifetime. Domestic abuse affects entire families and communities. In the UK alone, between 750,000 and 950,000 children witness domestic violence each year, affecting their development, educational attainment and health (UNICEF and the Bodyshop International report).
Peace Day will be an opportunity to unite on a scale never seen before and bring the issues of domestic abuse to the fore. Together we can decrease the level of violence, raise awareness and generate a vast array of activity around those issues.
Peace Day 21 September
The theme for Peace Day, 21 September is Who Will You Make Peace With?
Peace starts with individual action, and your actions inspire others to do the same. Peace Day 21 September is an opportunity for all of us to become engaged in the peace process with our families, friends and communities.
By working together and making peace with each other we can improve the quality of our lives. Peace Day is not just about a reduction of violence in areas of conflict, it's also about reducing violence in our homes, communities and schools.
So who will you make peace with? Who will you bring together on Peace Day, 21 September?
Here's what you can do:
1. Join the Coalition NOW
2. Raise awareness of Peace Day
3. Take action on 21 September
For ideas and resources to help raise awareness of Peace Day and to get involved in the campaign visit the Resources page.