On November 25, 2015, the Youth Council of the U.S. Embassy in Macedonia marked and observed the International Day Against Racism and the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women with an awareness booth at the South East European University in Skopje.
Flyers, posters, cards, stickers and booklets were handed out to students with strong messages to overcome violence against women, nationalism, fascism as well as online hate.
From 12:00 p.m.-1 p.m. more than 50 students visited the booth to learn more about this day and shared their experience with hate. They expressed current pressures in combating violence against women and explained that more laws should be passed rather than implementing the laws that are currently in place.
Students also addressed that the media only strives to spread the most extreme forms of violence against women, such as rape, trafficking of young girls, acid attacks and more forms; while forgetting the most common type of violence against women which is domestic violence.
The Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, and their work around the world is extensive. They have made today, November 25th, International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.