Eliminating Violence against Women

From the 25th of November until Human Rights Day on the 10th of December, the UN General Assembly are asking you to join them in 16 days of activism aimed at tackling the issue of gender-based violence.

Any form of violence against women is a clear human rights violation. Additionally, violence against women continues to hinder our progress in many areas of development including poverty eradication, equality, peace and security. Prevention is possible however, and everyone has a role to play.  The date of 25 November was chosen to commemorate the Mirabal sisters, three political activists from the Dominican Republic, who were brutally assassinated in 1960 during the Rafael Trujillo dictatorship (1930-1961).

UN research states that 35% of women and girls globally experience some form of physical and or sexual violence in their lifetime with, up to seven in ten women facing this abuse in some countries.

Join the UNiTE campaign over the 16 day period by coordinating “Orange Events” or “Orange your Neighbourhood” by reaching out to local stores, food-sellers on the corner of your street, gas stations, local cinemas, barbers, schools, libraries and post offices. New York City’s iconic Empire State Building is already committed to the cause, announcing an orange light projection on the 25th.

"Everyone has a responsibility to prevent and end violence against women and girls, starting by challenging the culture of discrimination that allows it to continue." - Ban Ki-moon

For more information on UNiTE, see the official UN page or check out #orangeurhood on Twitter. 

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