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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

women police dressed in orange

Orange Day in Tanzania. Photo: UN Women/Stephanie Raison

Orange Day October 2016

UNiTE Campaign Orange Day Action Plan: 25 October 2016

Access to justice and peaceful societies for sustainable development for women and girls

 

BACKGROUND

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

In 2016, a new global development agenda was adopted and ratified by every UN Member State. 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: economic, social, and environmental. The Agenda recognises 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 to prevent and eliminate violence against women and girls.

For this reason, throughout 2016 the UNiTE Campaign and its Orange Days will highlight specific Sustainable Development Goals as they relate to violence against women and girls. On the next Orange Day on 25 October, the UNiTE campaign will highlight Access to justice and peaceful societies for sustainable development for women and girls.

Goal 16: Promote just, peaceful, and inclusive societies

Goal 16 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is dedicated to the promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, the provision of access to justice for all, and building effective, accountable institutions at all levels. It aims to ensure equal access to justice for all, significantly reduce all forms of violence, and end abuse, exploitation and trafficking.

While States have the obligation to punish those who perpetrate violence against women by implementing measures that recognize violence against women as a crime, and ensure procedures are in place to enable investigations, prosecutions, and access to effective remedies and reparations, women who face violence often encounter numerous obstacles to accessing justice.

Obstacles may include institutional barriers within the justice system such as the lack of expertise of legal professionals, lack of coordination and cooperation amongst relevant institutions, as well as indifference or lack of resourcing. Accessing justice may be further complicated in countries in which parallel legal systems or traditional dispute mechanisms exist.

In humanitarian situations, challenges may be compounded due to weakened or nonexistent institutional infrastructure. In post-conflict settings, it’s critical that there is a comprehensive justice and criminal accountability system for sexual crimes and that survivors of sexual and gender-based violence can access redress and reparations.

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Learn how @UN_Women helps survivors of sexual violence in Kosovo to overcome trauma & seek justice: http://ow.ly/DRQN303ggP0 #OrangeDay
Do domestic violence laws exist in your country? What range of protection do they provide? Find out here: http://wbl.worldbank.org #OrangeDay
It's #OrangeDay! Wear orange & say NO to violence against women & girls http://bit.ly/1fXiNmW @SayNO_UNiTE

This #OrangeDay, find out more how #VAW and access to justice are linked: http://bit.ly/1fXiNmW @SayNO_UNiTE

This #OrangeDay focuses on #globalgoals to access to justice  http://bit.ly/1fXiNmW @SayNO_UNiTE women subjected to violence

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During the armed conflict of 1998 to 1999 in Kosovo, an untold number of women experienced systematically organized sexual violence. Siobhan Hobbs, Gender Adviser with UN Women’s Project Office in Kosovo, is working on a programme with the National Council for Survivors of Sexual Violence, the government of Kosovo and survivors of conflict-related violence, to facilitate reparations for the survivors. Find out more.

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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 how violence against women and access to justice and violence against women and girls are linked. Learn more.

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While States have the obligation to punish those who perpetrate violence against women, women who face violence often encounter numerous obstacles to accessing justice. Goal 16 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development aims to ensure equal access to justice for all. This #OrangeDay find out more about how access to justice and violence against women and girls are linked.