The United Nations Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign was launched in 2008 with the goal to increase political will and resources for preventing and ending all forms of violence against women.
Every year, the 25th of November marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to raise awareness and prevent violence against women and girls around the world.
This day is also proclaimed as “Orange Day” (the colour designated to symbolize a brighter future without violence) by the UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE campaign, managed by UN Women.
As a very delicate and fundamental topic for the development of a better future society, the action time is not only limited to the Orange Day.
From November 25th to December 10th (Human Rights Day), the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign are a special time to mobilize the local communities and to trigger action to end violence against women.
This year, the UN Secretary-General’s Campaign UNiTE invites you to “Orange YOUR Neighbourhood” during the 16 Days of Activism, organizing “Orange Events” to take the UNiTE campaign to local streets, shops and businesses in your own neighbourhoods.
The global vision of the UNiTE campaign is a world free from violence against all women and girls. This vision can only be realized through meaningful actions and ongoing political commitments of national governments, backed by adequate resources.
- Adoption and enforcement of national laws to address and punish all forms of violence against women and girls
- Adoption and implementation of multi-sectoral national action plans that emphasize prevention and that are adequately resourced
- Establishment of data collection and analysis systems on the prevalence of various forms of violence against women and girls
- Establishment of national and/or local campaigns and the engagement of a diverse range of civil society actors in preventing violence and in supporting women and girls who have been abused
- Systematic efforts to address sexual violence in conflict situations and to protect women and girls from rape as a tactic of war
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Post written by UNAC-Vancouver website writer Sabrina Miso.