Take action to Orange your day
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.
The year 2015 marks the 20-year anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the most progressive road map to gender equality. World leaders will meet in March at the United Nations 59th Commission on the Status of Women to take stock of the progress made and commit to take actions to close the gaps that are holding women and girls back. This is also the year when a new development framework will come in to replace the Millennium Development Goals. The elimination of violence against women and girls must be a centrepiece of the new development agenda.
2015 Orange Day themes
March – Launch of UNiTE campaign Call for Action for the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, ‘Orange the world and make a dent’
February – Twenty-year review of the Beijing Platform for Action: how far have we come in efforts to end violence against women and girls?
April – ‘HeForShes say No to violence against women and girls’
May – ‘Using technology to end violence against women and girls’
June – ‘Where’s the money for initiatives to end violence against women and girls?’
July – ‘Youth in action – Orange our future: the Sustainable Development Goals and a future free from violence against women and girls’
August – ‘Step it Up for Gender Equality and an end to violence against women and girls’
September – ‘The new global development agenda: what's next for efforts to end violence against women and girls?’
October – ‘Ensuring access to services for survivors of violence against women and girls’
November – ‘Orange your world: Make a dent’