World Day Of The Fight Against Sexual Exploitation [March 4]

By : Neha Dhyani

Updated : May 5, 2022, 8:46

Every year we recognise and celebrate the World Day of the Fight Against Sexual Exploitation on March 4. The idea of observing such a day first came up in 2009 at the United Nations General Assembly.

World Day of the Fight Against Sexual Exploitation History

In the year 2009, the United Nations General Assembly took some strict actions against the ongoing sexual exploitation in the world.

World Day of the Fight Against Sexual Exploitation was recognised for the first time on March 4 2009, to control the continuing sexual abuse and exploitation cases.

The United Nations General Assembly worked under the code A/RES/68/192 to prevent and reduce sexual exploitation and sex trafficking.

About Sexual exploitation

Gender equality is a fundamental human right and a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable future, which means a world where women and men, girls and boys all enjoy equal rights, resources, opportunities, and protections, but gender bias makes it impossible.

Many women face gender inequality in their workplaces, and some women have to face domestic violence and abuse.

Sexual exploitation or sexual harassment are commonly used terms in society. Not just girls/women, boys/men are also victims of sexual exploitation. Measures need to be taken to prevent sexual molestation, harassment, and abuse in society.

In order to properly observe World Day of the Fight Against Sexual Exploitation, we must know about the forms of sexual exploitation and harassment.

Types of Sexual exploitation

Sexual harassment may happen in various types, which include:

Visual harassment -

  • When individuals show or send unsolicited sexual visual or pornographic material in the form of posters, cartoons, drawings, pictures, and animations

Physical harassment -

  • Touching someone's private parts
  • Intimidating gestures
  • Brushing or rubbing your body against someone
  • Kissing and hugging someone inappropriately

Verbal harassment -

  • Making inappropriate jokes, comments, and remarks which are of sexual nature
  • Unwelcome sexual advances and sexual favours
  • Making inappropriate sounds such as whistling, kissing sounds, or smacking lips
  • Using abusive language and offensive name-calling
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World Day of the Fight Against Sexual Exploitation Significance

According to the International Labour Organisation (ILO) research, millions of humans are trafficked every year for sexual exploitation. 98% of this population is young girls.

The rate of these sex crimes is increasing rapidly daily. It is an important matter of concern, and the government must take strict rules and actions against the criminal. It becomes challenging for the victim to handle this kind of trauma, especially when they do not have any outside help because the topic is generally considered taboo.

World Day of the Fight Against Sexual Exploitation is observed every year to raise awareness. Sexual abuse is not an issue that is talked about openly, and it often goes unnoticed and unmentioned. Observing this day ensures that the issue is brought to the forefront and people are sensitised.

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World Day of the Fight Against Sexual Exploitation Objective

The primary Objective of World Day of the Fight Against Sexual Exploitation is to spread awareness about this global concern. Sexual assault is a serious issue that needs to be brought into the spotlight.

People are usually afraid to talk about such experiences, but this should not be the case. If you have faced something like this, you should speak to someone and not suffer alone.

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FAQs on World Day Of The Fight Against Sexual Exploitation

Q.1. When do we celebrate World Day of the Fight Against Sexual Exploitation?

Every year we recognise and celebrate the World Day of the Fight Against Sexual Exploitation on March 4.

Q.2. In which year was World Day of the Fight Against Sexual Exploitation celebrated for the first time?

In the year 2009, the United Nations General Assembly took some strict actions against the ongoing sexual exploitation in the world. World Day of the Fight Against Sexual Exploitation was recognised for the first time on March 4 to control the number of sexual abuse and exploitation cases.

Q.3. What is the aim of World Day of the Fight Against Sexual Exploitation?

The primary goal of World Day of the Fight Against Sexual Exploitation is to spread awareness about the global concern of sexual harassment and exploitation.

Q.4. Which authority recognised the World Day of the Fight Against Sexual Exploitation?

United Nations General Assembly recognised the World Day of the Fight Against Sexual Exploitation.

Q.5. What is the meaning of gender equality, and what does it have to do with World Day of the Fight Against Sexual Exploitation?

Gender equality is a fundamental human right and a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable future, which means a world where women and men, girls and boys enjoy equal rights, resources, opportunities, and protections. The aim of World Day of the Fight Against Sexual Exploitation is to promote gender equality and reduce the cases of Sexual Exploitation.