25th November has been marked by women’s activists and organizations since 1981 as a day of protest to end violence against women. On 6th December 1989, Marc Lépine shot 14 femalestudentsdead and injured another 10 at the University of Montreal, Canada claiming he was ‘fighting feminism’. This led toa group of men in Canada launched the first White Ribbon Campaign in 1991, which has led to ‘white ribbon campaign’ charities in the UK and elsewhere working to ensure men take more responsibility for reducing the level of violence against women. In 1999, the United Nations General Assembly designated 25th November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The UN invited governments, international organizations and NGOs to organize activities designated to raise public awareness of the global nature of men’s violence against women on this day as an international observance.
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