Orange Day and the UNiTE Campaign to end violence against women

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.

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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 asOrange Day(the colour designated to symbolize a brighter future without violence) by the UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE campaign, managed by UN Women.

UN Women - United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of 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.

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UNiTE Goals:

  • 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

You can follow @SayNO_UNiTE on Twitter and like SayNO.UNiTE on Facebook.

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Post written by UNAC-Vancouver website writer Sabrina Miso. 

West Coast LEAF: this year’s recipient of the Rosemary Brown Award for Women

unacto11.jpgUNAC-Vancouver and our partners, BCFED, University Women’s Club, National Congress of Black Women, Society for Children and Youth of BC, BC Human Rights Coalition, BC Association of Social Workers are proud to present the winner of this year’s Rosemary Brown Award for Women: West Coast Legal Education and Action Fund.

West Coast LEAF is being recognized for its extraordinary contributions in the area of women’s rights.

Screen Shot 2014-06-04 at 7.56.19 PMWest Coast LEAF is a unique organization in BC that uses the law to further women’s equality. West Coast LEAF envisions a society in which women are full participants in the social, economic, and political activities of the nation. They strive to create a society in which differences are respected and supported by the law, and by social and institutional policies and practices.

They work to achieve equality by intervening in strategic test cases that protect or advance Charter and human rights. Their law reform initiatives track legislation affecting the legal rights of women, and they engage with government to ensure that law and policy respect equality rights. They also deliver public legal education workshops that train people on legal tools and strategies, including peer-to-peer training for young people on consent, safe relationships, and workplace rights.

Everything they do is aimed at ensuring greater equality for women and all people in BC. They use the law as a tool to create change – and where the law itself perpetuates injustice and inequality, they work to change the law. They have been speaking their minds since 1985 – the year the equality provisions of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms came into effect.

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Screen Shot 2014-06-04 at 7.52.01 PMThe award is a memorial to the life and work of the late Hon. Rosemary Brown, a champion for equality rights of women everywhere. Each year the Award is presented to a woman or a women’s group who has made an outstanding contribution to one of the seven theme areas championed by Rosemary Brown. This year’s theme focuses on Women’s Rights

Ms. Cleta Brown, daughter of Rosemary Brown will present the Award to West Coast LEAF.