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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

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January 2014

In July 2012 the Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign proclaimed every 25th of the month as Orange Day. Initiated and led by the UNiTE campaign Global Youth Network, worldwide activities implemented on this day by UN country offices and civil society organizations strive to highlight issues relevant to preventing and ending violence against women and girls, not only once a year, on 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women), but every month.

In 2013, the UNiTE campaign focused its Orange Days on highlighting recommendations of the agreed conclusions of the 57th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW57) which took place in March 2013 on the theme of the elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls. Orange Day highlighted issues including safe schools, safe work places and cyber space as a safe space for women and girls. Activities culminated in a call to ‘Orange the World in 16 Days’ from November 25 and throughout the 16 Days of Activism. The Call resulted in ‘orange activities’ in over 50 countries and over 76 million people being reached through social media.

Orange Day: January 25

On January 25, the UNiTE campaign will focus on access to justice for survivors of violence against women and girls in the lead up to February 14th, when the V-Day initiative will launch the One Billion Rising for Justice action.

ACCESS TO JUSTICE FOR SURVIVORS

Violence against women and girls is a violation of human rights, and all survivors have the right to access to justice and effective remedies for the harm they have suffered including access to services, programmes and opportunities for their recovery and reintegration into society. Laws must criminalize all forms of violence against women and girls and effective systems must exist to ensure their enforcement, including avenues for women and girls to safely report the crime, and effective systems to collect evidence and conduct a thorough investigation.

In many cases, women and girls come up against obstacles to accessing justice. These might include a lack of medical forensic examiners to collect evidence, or law enforcement officials failing to take reports and investigate allegations effectively. In many cases, a lack of confidence in the justice system or fears for their safety mean that many cases of violence against women and girls go unreported.  In conflict situations in which women and girls may be at particular risk from violence, a lack of functioning institutions is likely to make accessing justice even more challenging.

Commission on the Status of Women recommendations

At the 57th session of the Commission on the Status of Women last year, governments made specific commitments to strengthen access to justice for women and girl survivors of violence including the following:

Adopt, as appropriate, review, and ensure the accelerated and effective implementation of laws and comprehensive measures that criminalize violence against women and girls, and that provide for multidisciplinary and gender-sensitive preventive and protective measures such as emergency barring orders and protection orders, the investigation, submission for prosecution and appropriate punishment of perpetrators to end impunity, support services that empower victims and survivors, as well as access to appropriate civil remedies and redress; (A. c., p6)

Ensure women’s and girls’ unimpeded access to justice and to effective legal assistance so that they can make informed decisions regarding, inter alia, legal proceedings and issues relating to family law and criminal law, and also ensure that they have access to just and effective remedies for the harm that they have suffered, including through the adoption of national legislation where necessary; (A. f., p6)

Thailand Orange Day
‘Orange your journey’, Thailand
Credit: UN Women/KithandKin/Pornvit Visitoran

ORANGE DAY SUPPORTS V-DAY

V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls. On February 14th, it will launch One Billion Rising for Justice, a global call to women survivors of violence and activists to walk out, dance, rise up and demand an end to violence against women and girls, and envision justice for all survivors. The UNiTE campaign’s Orange Day in January will call for support of V-Day and will focus on access to justice for survivors of violence against women and girls.

ORANGE DAY ACTIVITIES (25th January)

What can you do?

SAMPLE SOCIAL MEDIA MESSAGES
Twitter

On 25 Jan is #OrangeDay! #UNiTE says remove barriers to justice for survivors of #VAW. http://owl.li/sSK0c

Today is #UNiTE's #OrangeDay! Get ready to UNiTE & rise to #endVAW on 14Feb for #1billionrising. http://owl.li/sSK0c

Today is #OrangeDay!Wear orange & #UNiTE for justice for survivors of #VAW v @SayNO_UNiTE http://owl.li/sSK0c

Sample Facebook messages

Today is #OrangeDay! The UNiTE campaign is highlighting access to justice for victims and survivors of violence against women and girls. At CSW57 on ending violence against women and girls, governments committed to: Ensure women’s and girls’ unimpeded access to justice and to effective legal assistance so that they can make informed decisions regarding, inter alia, legal proceedings and issues relating to family law and criminal law, and also ensure that they have access to just and effective remedies for the harm that they have suffered, including through the adoption of national legislation where necessary (A. c., p6) http://owl.li/sSK0c

Today – 25 January – is #OrangeDay, a day to highlight violence against women and girls. This month, we are focusing on the need to remove barriers to justice for women and girls who have faced VAW. Do the laws in your country criminalize violence against women and girls? Share the Handbook for Legislation on Violence against Women! It is a resource that illustrates a model framework for legislation on violence against women and girls. http://owl.li/sQTMT

The UNiTE campaign’s Orange Day today focuses on access to justice for survivors of violence against women and girls! It is also supporting the call of V-Day to start planning One Billion Rising for Justice on 14 February. Find out about events happening near you, organize your own, and spread the word! http://onebillionrising.org/events/