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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, former 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, 25 May 2017

UNiTE Campaign Orange Day Action Plan: May 2017

Mobilizing Resources to End Violence against Women and Girls

 

BACKGROUND

The 25th of every month has been designated “Orange Day” by the United Nations Secretary-General’s Campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women, 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 civil society, 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 the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25 November), but every month.

In 2015, all 193 Member States of the United Nations adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Through its 17 goals, Agenda 2030 calls for global action over the next 15 years to address the three dimensions of sustainable development: economic, social, and environmental. All SDGs are fully integrated with one another; thus, we cannot think of them in isolation.

Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5 recognizes gender equality and the empowerment of women as a key priority pledging that “no one will be left behind.” Building on this vision, throughout 2017, the UNiTE campaign will mark all Orange Days (25th of every month) under the overarching theme “Leave No One Behind: End Violence against Women and Girls” to underscore its commitment towards reaching the most underserved.

ORANGE DAY

This Orange Day, 25 May 2017, the Campaign reinforces its call on Mobilizing Resources to End Violence against Women and Girls.

A framework such as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes a specific target on ending violence against women, offers a huge promise to significantly change the lives of women and girls worldwide. However, a promise is not enough. Adequate and durable resources are needed to increase efforts to prevent violence, provide survivors with access to essential services, and ensure that laws and policies are implemented and enforced with real world impact.

Violence against women is a manifestation of gender discrimination and inequality and its financial and economic impacts mean that it is a barrier to development. The SDGs acknowledge this and challenge governments and the international community to provide adequate response services for survivors and to put in place prevention mechanisms to stop violence against women and girls from happening in the first place. Achieving Goal 5 by 2030 will require a concerted international effort, a key part of which is realizing global spending that recognizes both the scale of the problem and the potential benefits of a world free of violence against women. All available evidence shows the immense cost of violence against women and girls on many levels. It also illustrates how even relatively small-scale investments that are timely and well targeted can bring enormous benefits to women and girls and to their wider communities.

Investing in preventing and ending violence against women and girls is not only a human rights imperative, it is essential to sustainable development.

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Investing in ending violence against women and girls is imperative for sustained global economic development. http://bit.ly/1fXiNmW @SayNO_UNiTE [UPLOAD any key message image OR Cost of VAW]

#OrangeDay today is about the need to mobilize resources to end violence against women http://bit.ly/1fXiNmW @SayNO_UNiTE [UPLOAD any key message image OR Cost of VAW]

Find out why robust funding is critical to ending the pandemic of violence against women and girls http://bit.ly/1fXiNmW @SayNO_UNiTE [UPLOAD any key message image OR Cost of VAW]

Why money matters in ending violence against women and girls. Find out more this #OrangeDay http://bit.ly/1fXiNmW @SayNO_UNiTE [UPLOAD IMAGE: Nicole Kidman]

Violence against women is preventable. Donate now to end violence against women: owl.li/YbzG30aZFmz #OrangeDay [UPLOAD IMAGE: Dollar handle OR Cost of VAW]

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Experts assert that the benefits of ending violence against women and girls would far outweigh the resources required to prevent future violence and to respond adequately to the needs of survivors. This month, find out why it matters to invest in ending violence against women girls: http://bit.ly/1fXiNmW via [@SayNO-UNiTE to End Violence against Women] #OrangeDay [UPLOAD any key message image]

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The UNiTE campaign has declared the 25th of each month as #OrangeDay – a day of action to end all forms of violence against women and girls. This month, we are highlighting the importance of funding initiatives to end violence against women and girls: http://bit.ly/1fXiNmW via [@SayNO-UNiTE to End Violence against Women] #OrangeDay [UPLOAD IMAGE: ED Message or Collage]

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The [@UNTrustFund] is a critical source of funding for initiatives to end violence against women and girls. Donate today and contribute to creating a world without violence against women and girls: http://bit.ly/2ePlhN1 via [@SayNO-UNiTE to End Violence against Women] #OrangeDay [UPLOAD IMAGE: Dollar Handle]

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Bride kidnapping and early or forced marriage is a prevalent form of violence against women and girls in Kyrgyzstan. But, now no one can take Aiturgan from her mother, because the two know about their rights. Read about this project, supported by the @UNTrustFund, and learn more about why mobilizing resources to end violence against women is so vital: http://ow.ly/cPwJ306hddL via [@UN Women] [@UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women] #orangetheworld #OrangeDay [UPLOAD IMAGE: Kyrgystan]