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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: July 2017

Cyber Violence against 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. 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, the 2030 Agenda calls for global action over the next 15 years to address the three dimensions of sustainable development: economic, social, and environmental. All the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) are fully integrated with one another and therefore we cannot think of them in isolation.

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 (the 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 July 2017, the UNiTE Campaign focuses on Cyber Violence against Women and Girls.

Girls and boys, including adolescents, are increasingly spending more time online and start using the Internet at younger ages than ever before.1 Although girls’ and boys’ access to information and communication technologies (ICTs) remains dominant in high-income countries, the rapid expansion of affordable, accessible Internet through mobile technologies in low- and middle-income countries is bringing more children to the Internet worldwide.

ICTs bring tremendous benefits to children, providing access to information, education, entertainment and social networks that broaden their horizons and stimulate their creativity. However, at the same time they can reinforce inequities among children and lead to harmful consequences and risks to their safety, personal development and well-being.

Although children have long been exposed to violence and exploitation, ICTs have changed the scale, form, impact and opportunity for the abuse of children everywhere. While both girls and boys are vulnerable to the different risks and harms related to the misuse of ICTs, girls have been disproportionately victimized in sexual abuse and exploitation through the production and distribution of child sexual abuse materials. In 2013, 81 per cent of child sexual abuse materials depicted girls.2

Girls are also particularly vulnerable to being groomed online for sexual encounters and sometimes exploited through live streaming of their sexual abuse. Many children are experiencing widespread victimization through online bullying, harassment, and intimidation, where girls are particularly targeted due to gender norms and power dynamics. Gender discrimination, lack of confidence, difficulty with language, poverty, and cultural factors can adversely affect girls and lead to their heightened vulnerability to these crimes and victimization.

SDG 5 on Gender Equality places women’s access to technological empowerment as one of the core indicators for progress. To achieve this goal, we must make sure that the internet will be a safe and more secure place that allows all women and girls to fulfil their potential as valued members of society and live a life free from violence.

SOME RELEVANT PROGRAMMES AND PROJECTS:

TAKE ACTION THIS ORANGE DAY!

USEFUL RESOURCES

SOCIAL MEDIA MESSAGES

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TWITTER

Join the @UN_Women Facebook Live conversation about cyber violence on 25 July: https://www.facebook.com/unwomen/ #OrangeDay

On today’s #OrangeDay learn more about cyber violence against women and girls: http://bit.ly/1fXiNmW @SayNO_UNiTE

Online bullying against women & girls can be swift & cruel, w/ dire consequences. Learn more: http://bit.ly/1fXiNmW #OrangeDay

This #OrangeDay, @SayNO_UNiTE is taking a look at the issue of #cyberviolence against women and girls. Learn more: http://bit.ly/1fXiNmW

Cyber Violence can strike anywhere at any time. This #OrangeDay, learn what you can do to prevent it: http://bit.ly/1fXiNmW @SayNO_UNiTE

Almost three quarters of women online have been exposed to some form of cyber violence. Find out more: http://bit.ly/1fXiNmW @SayNO_UNiTE

FACEBOOK 1
At age 17, something horrible happened to Jessica. She was on a school vacation in Brazil when her phone was stolen and nude photos of her were publicly posted online. When Jessica returned to school, she wasn’t sure she could bear the shame - but her friend Winny decided to stand up for what’s right. Watch: http://bit.ly/2qFH6AR via [@UNICEF] #OrangeDay [@SayNO-UNiTE to End Violence against Women]

FACEBOOK 2
The growing reach of the Internet, the rapid spread of communications technologies, and the wide diffusion of social media have presented new opportunities to address violence against women. However, they also pose a potential risk to be used as tools to inflict harm upon women and girls. This #OrangeDay learn more about the issue of cyber violence and what you can do to prevent it: http://bit.ly/1fXiNmW

FACEBOOK 3
Happy #OrangeDay! This month’s action theme highlights the issue of cyber violence against women and girls. Cyber violence can strike anywhere at any time. Take action and spark a conversation in your community. Find more resources and tips on what you can do to prevent online violence here: http://bit.ly/2qFH6AR

FACEBOOK 4
This #OrangeDay, [@SayNO-UNiTE to End Violence against Women] puts a spotlight on the issue of cyber violence against women and girls. Join the Facebook Live conversation about cyber violence on 25 July at www.facebook.com/unwomen!