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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, 25 May 2017

UNiTE Campaign Orange Day Action Plan: June 2017

Violence against Refugee 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, 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 (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 June 2017, the UNiTE Campaign focuses on Violence against Refugee Women and Girls.

50 per cent of the world's refugees are women and girls.(1) They face specific challenges and protection risks in transit, including family separation, psychosocial stress and trauma, health complications, particularly for pregnant women, physical harm and injury, and risks of exploitation and gender-based violence. An estimated one in five refugees or displaced women in complex humanitarian settings have experienced sexual violence—likely an underestimation given the barriers associated with disclosure.(2)

Many of these women are fleeing conflict in their homeland and have suffered extreme violence and human rights violations, including the killing and disappearance of family members, sexual and gender based violence, and disrupted access to food, water, and electricity. Some have been repeatedly displaced or have been exploited or abused while attempting to seek asylum. Women are also often the main caretakers for children and elderly family members, further deepening their need for protection and support.(3) With limited economic opportunities, their options to build a livelihood are often limited to low-paid informal work which increases their risk to be put in a position where the only option is having to engage in transactional sex.

At least 10 of the 169 targets of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development include references to issues directly pertaining to international migration, migrants, and mobility.(4) All UN Member States are called upon to facilitate the safe, orderly, and regular migration and mobility of people, including through the implementation of planned migration policies. Any measure taken to achieve Goal 5 and eliminate all forms of violence against ALL women and girls must include women and girls who are refugee and migrant.

(1) UNHCR http://www.unhcr.org/en-us/women.html
2 Vu, Alexander, Atif Adam, Andrea Wirtz, Kiemanh Pham, Leonard Rubenstein, Nancy Glass, Chris Beyrer, and Sonal Singh (2014) "The Prevalence of Sexual Violence among Female Refugees in Complex Humanitarian Emergencies: a Systematic Review and Meta-analysis” PLoS Currents. Public Library of Science
(3) Gender Assessment of the Refugee and Migration Crisis in Serbia and fYR Macedonia, UN WOMEN, 2016
(4) https://www.un.org/en/development/desa/population/migration/publications/populationfacts/docs/MigrationPopFacts20155.pdf





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UNiTE Campaign Orange Day Action Plan: 25 June 2017
girls: http://bit.ly/1fXiNmW

25 June is #OrangeDay! Find out more about the @UN’s work to stop violence against refugee women and girls: http://bit.ly/1fXiNmW

This #OrangeDay learn more about the #UNTF grantee @theIRC’s project empowering refugee women and girls: http://bit.ly/2igYBCm

Violence affects women of all ages, in all communities. Take action this #OrangeDay to support refugee women & girls: http://bit.ly/1fXiNmW

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 focusing on violence against refugee women and girls: http://bit.ly/1fXiNmW via [@SayNO-UNiTE to End Violence against Women] #OrangeDay

One way [@UN Women] supports refugee women is through a cash-for-work programme in the Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan. Watch this video to find out more how this work has led to a 20% reduction in domestic violence amongst those benefiting from the programme: http://bit.ly/1ojXYeF via [@UN Women] #OrangeDay

“I went to the clinic because of the violence … The staff always accompanied me and I received good service. The staff [helped me get services for my] health, psychosocial support, and other support.” This #OrangeDay learn more about this [@UNTrustFund] supported [@InternationalRescueCommittee] project to end violence against refugee women and girls: http://bit.ly/2igYBCm #OrangeDay

Snow White is one of many millions of women who set out across international borders in search of a better life. Lacking access to social services and legal protection, these migrant women are often subjected to abuses such as low wages and harsh working and living conditions. The worst abuses force women into sexual slavery: http://bit.ly/2oM7ibJ via [@UN Women] #OrangeDay