Take action to Orange your day
UN Women Laos/Daniel Hodgson
The UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign, managed by UN Women, has proclaimed every 25th of the month as “Orange Day” – a day to take action to raise awareness and prevent violence against women and girls.
Initiated and led by the UNiTE campaign Global Youth Network, Orange Day calls upon activists, governments and UN partners to mobilize people and highlight issues relevant to preventing and ending violence against women and girls, not only once a year, on 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women), but every month.
In 2015, a new global development agenda was accepted by all countries and is applicable to all. Through its 17 goals, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, an agenda for global action for the next 15 years, addresses the three dimensions of sustainable development: the economic, social, and environmental. The Agenda recognizes gender equality and the empowerment of women as a key priority and pledges that “no one will be left behind.”
Goal 5 of the agenda aims to “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls” and includes specific targets to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls. However, all goals are integrated and indivisible, therefore their achievement is also fully dependent on ensuring parallel and interconnected implementation of the efforts to prevent and eliminate violence against women and girls.
For this reason, throughout 2017 and through its Orange Days, the UNiTE campaign will continue to highlight specific Sustainable Development Goals as they relate to violence against women and girls.
Orange Day 2017 action themes:
February: Violence Against Women and Girls and Women’s Economic Empowerment
Starting this year, the Sustainable Development Goals, a set of 17 global goals that applies to all countries, will begin to guide global policy and action. These goals include gender equality and women’s empowerment as a key priority and includes specific targets to end violence against women and girls.
In 2016, the UNiTE Campaign will continue to mark 25th of every month as “Orange Day,” a day to raise awareness and take action to end violence against women and girls. Orange Days will highlight specific Sustainable Development Goals as they relate to violence against women and girls. Check in here for themes, action ideas and messages. The global goals are for everyone, and to fully achieve them, everyone has a role to play in ending gender inequality and violence.
Orange Day 2016 action themes:
January: Wear orange and start the conversation about how your country can achieve gender equality and eliminate violence against women and girls by 2030!
February: Break the cycle of poverty and violence against women and girls
March: Health and Violence against Women and Girls
April: “Orange the world: Raise money to end violence against women”
May: Water and Sanitation and Violence against Women and Girls
June: Safe Education for Women and Girls
July: Reduce inequality within and among countries
August: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full employment and decent work for all
Violence against women and access to food
October: Access to justice and peaceful societies for sustainable development for women and girls
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