International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Club de Madrid wants to commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women showing our deepest rejection to the violence that is exercised against women for the simple fact of being women and that still today many women suffer around the world.

Violence against women is one of the most widespread human rights violations in the world and remains largely unreported due to the impunity, silence, stigma and shame surrounding it.

This violence is not only physical, but also economic, psychological, sexual…The Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women issued by the UN General Assembly in 1993, defines violence against women as “any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life”.

According to UN Women, since the pandemic began 45% of women reported that they or a woman they know has experienced a form of violence. 7 in 10 women said they think that verbal or physical abuse by a partner has become more common. 6 in 10 felt that sexual harassment in public spaces has worsened.

Violence against women continues to be an obstacle to achieving equality, development and peace, as well as to the fulfillment of the human rights of women and girls.

Among the main objectives of Club de Madrid is the fight for women’s rights until we achieve a real equality that will make us a better and fairer society. This is the main objective of our ‘Djuntu Pa Igualdadi’ project.

The project aims to contribute to a favorable legal institutional and social environment in Cape Verde, in which public authorities respect and promote the rights of women, particularly victims of gender-based violence, in order to increase their participation in public life and ensure their socio-economic inclusion.

Our Members Tarja Halonen and José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero have visited Cape Verde in the last years to be part of this project and contribute to fight against gender-based violence.

Both members wanted to send a message to remember this day and highlight the work that has been done in Cape Verde.

“Gender equality is a fundamental human right and the key to a better and sustainable future for all” – Tarja Halonen, President of the Republic of Finland (2000-2012) 


If recent history teaches us anything it is precisely that feminism and the fight for women’s equality is undoubtedly the most transformative lever. The most realistic utopia, the most necessary ambition” – José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, President of the Government of Spain (2004-2011)