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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.


Orange Day

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Orange Day in Vanuatu. UN Women

Orange Day, 25 April 2017

UNiTE Campaign Orange Day Action Plan: April 2017

Violence against Indigenous Women and Girls



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.


This Orange Day, 25 April 2017, the Campaign will highlight the issue of Violence against Indigenous Women and Girls.

Indigenous people are referenced throughout the Sustainable Development Goals and explicitly mentioned six times, including under Goal 2 on ending hunger and Goal 4 on education. Apart from the direct references, many of the Sustainable Development Goals and associated targets are relevant for indigenous peoples. So, for instance any measure taken to achieve Goal 5 and eliminate all forms of violence against ALL women and girls must include indigenous women and girls.

Indigenous women face many forms of discrimination and violence in different aspects of their lives, both as women and as indigenous people. Hence, the issue of violence against indigenous women and girls is closely linked to the wider context of discrimination and exclusion, such as limited access to health services, lack of access to justice and other social services, to which indigenous people are often exposed.(1)

Indigenous girls and women are also at risk of violence during conflicts within their own and other communities, as such conflicts often result in displacement, loss of livelihoods and forced migration.(2) In addition, long-standing patriarchal beliefs and practices that relegate women and girls to subordinate roles and positions in society condone and reinforce violence against women and girls.


(1) UN Women, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children (OSRSG/VAC), 2013, Breaking the Silence on Violence against Indigenous Girls, Adolescents and Young Women,
(2) United Nations. 2007. “Declaration on the rights of indigenous peoples”.
(3) UN Women, UN Women's submission to the Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues' Questionnaire, 2016




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“It makes us happy that we hear the men from our communities are listening to the radio and saying ‘no more violence’ and acknowledging that women have rights,” describes Luisa Ruiz the change brought to her community by the “Voices of the Women of Wangki Tangni” project, which established the first radio station to focus on women’s rights in the North Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua: http://bit.ly/2kCaDZ6 This month, the UNiTE campaign takes a closer look at the issue of violence against indigenous women and girls with disabilities. Find out more: http://bit.ly/1fXiNmW v [@SayNO-UNiTE to End Violence against Women] #OrangeDay

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On the Brazil-Paraguay border, women leaders of the indigenous Guarani-Kaiowa and Ayoreo communities are organizing themselves to protect their rights. Their dynamic women’s assemblies are preventing and documenting gender violence. Read their story http://bit.ly/2nBIFhm and take action this #OrangeDay: http://bit.ly/1fXiNmW v [@SayNO-UNiTE to End Violence against Women]