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. Ban Ki-moon
"Break the silence. When you witness violence against women and girls, do not sit back. Act."
Ban Ki-moon, Secretary - General

Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon
There is one universal truth, applicable to all countries, cultures and communities: violence against women is never acceptable, never excusable, never tolerable.

SECRETARY-GENERAL BAN KI-MOON

Orange Day

girls, boys and women dressed in organge, raising fists

Orange Day celebration in Kyrgyzstan, June 2016.

Orange day June 2016

Action Plan for Orange Day, 25 June 2016
Safe education for women and girls

BACKGROUND

The United Nations Secretary-General’s Campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women has proclaimed the 25th of each month as “Orange Day”, a day to raise awareness and take action to end violence against women and girls. As a bright and optimistic colour, orange represents a future free from violence against women and girls, for the UNiTE Campaign. 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 (the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women), but every month.

In 2016, a new global development agenda was accepted by all countries and is applicable to all. Through its 17 goals and 169 targets, 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. 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 2016, the UNiTE campaign through its Orange Days will highlight specific Sustainable Development Goals as they relate to violence against women and girls.

This Orange Day, 25 June, the UNiTE campaign will highlight Goal 4: “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”.

Sustainable Development Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

SDG 4 recognizes the interdependence of education and development.  It aims to provide safe, non-violent, inclusive and effective learning environments for all.  It also aims to ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through human rights, gender equality, and promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence.

Safe education for women and girls

Girls’ education is a tremendous force for social change, economic growth and social stability though many barriers remain in terms of ensuring all girls have access to safe education. Girls experience violence at the hands of fellow students, teachers, school administrators and others. They may face sexual harassment, bullying, cyber violence or may be asked for sexual favors in exchange for good grades or school fees. In some countries, the route to school may be unsafe. In others, girls are specifically targeted by violence simply for going to school to complete their education and for advocating for girls’ right to an education.

Many girls, particularly the most marginalized, continue to be deprived of the right to education; they are more likely to have caring responsibilities within their families and when resources are short, the education of male siblings may be prioritized. The failure to ensure girls are able to access their right to education has profound effects on individuals as well as wider society. For girls, lack of education has lifelong consequences, such as increasing the likelihood they will enter into situations of economic dependence in which their vulnerability to violence may be increased. For society at large, the transformative potential of girls’ education is immense for the achievement of almost all development goals.

Remarkable progress has been made on increasing enrolment, but gaps still remain, particularly in the right to education for girls and education in emergency situations, where attending school can be a risky endeavor.  Because of the erosion of standard protection mechanisms caused by humanitarian emergencies, students and education personnel - particularly females - may face an increased risk of sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual exploitation and abuse, abduction or attack while travelling to and from school.  Lack of supervisory staff increases the risk of bullying, sexual harassment and sexual assault occurring on school grounds by peers as well as teachers and other adults. 

Suggested Orange Day Activities

Useful Resources

Sample Social Media Messages

Twitter

Today is #OrangeDay! Wear orange and #UNiTE to support girls’ access to a violence-free education. http://ow.ly/pzY3301r5iM

This #OrangeDay focuses on #globalgoals to promote women & girls’ safe access to #education: http://ow.ly/pzY3301r5iM via @SayNO_UNiTE

On #OrangeDay, 25 June, learn about global approaches to prevent & respond to gender-based violence in crisis: http://ow.ly/ORdug via @SayNO_UNiTE

On #OrangeDay learn how ending #VAW is key to meeting #globalgoals on #education: http://ow.ly/Xnpxe via @SayNO_UNiTE

Facebook

The UNiTE campaign has declared the 25th of each month as #OrangeDay, a day to take action to end violence against women and girls. This month we are calling for all girls and women to have access to violence-free education. Are you involved in initiatives to improve the safety of girls at and on the way to and from school? Share them with us here or on Twitter, @SayNo_UNiTE. Get more ideas and information here: http://ow.ly/pzY3301r5iM

In 2016, #UNITE is focusing on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as it relates to ending violence against women and girls.  This month we take a closer look at Sustainable Development Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.  Start a conversation in your community about the link between safe education and violence against women and girls.  Explore how you can leverage the #globalgoals to promote women and girls’ safe access to education and to end violence against women and girls. Get more ideas and information here: http://ow.ly/Xnpxe