UN: UN, civil society in global campaigns to end violence against women

New York, US (PANA) - A global effort to end violence against women is now underway following the beginning of 16 days of activism on 25 November with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against.

The UN media outlet said at the weekend that the campaign which ended 10 December, the Human Rights Day, galvanizing the work of UN Women’s ‘Orange the World’ campaign and the United Nations Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence Against Women initiative.

The 16-Day Campaign, which began in 1991, is a civil society initiative supported by the UN and the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, also known as UN Women, that has since encouraged other UN bodies and members of civil society around the world to collaborate to end violence against women.

As part of campaign mobilization, UN Women uses the colour orange to symbolize a bright and optimistic future free from violence against women and girls. Throughout the 16 days, buildings around the world were lit up in orange, and the hashtag #orangetheworld was used across social media to raise awareness.

It said that the UN Women is documenting the global activism on its website and via Twitter.

On 21 November, UN Women hosted its annual ‘Orange the World’ event at the UN Headquarters in New York where Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon underscored the urgency for funding in order to end violence against women, which is critical to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

In addition to remarks from other UN leaders, the event included a musical performance and panel discussion on funding strategies.
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12 december 2016 12:38:45

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