Orange Day in China organized by UN Women
and Titan Media Photos: Wu Xiaohan, Titan Media
Ending violence against women and girls must be part of the post-2015 development framework
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’s 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.
This year represents a critical juncture for the future of development efforts to end violence against women and girls particularly in the light of 2015 as the target year for the current development framework (Millennium Development Goals) and the twentieth anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action. Therefore, this year is a key moment to take stock of progress, assess gaps and challenges, and engage actively in advocacy that shapes future development frameworks and strategies which have potential to address the issues relevant to preventing and ending violence against women and girls.
This is why to start with, on February 25, Orange Day, the UNiTE campaign will highlight challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as relevant to the elimination of violence against women and girls ahead of the start of the 58th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, where governments and organizations will come together at the United Nations to discuss gender equality in the context of the MDGs and the new development agenda. Our advocacy efforts on this day will assert that the post-2015 development framework must prioritize violence against women and girls.
Violence against Women and the Millennium Development Goals
All Member States of the United Nations pledged to achieve the MDGs, eight international time-bound goals that were established following the Millennium Summit of the United Nations in 2000, by 2015. Though the MDGs included a specific goal to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women, they were also widely criticized for omitting violence against women and girls as a specific target and for failing to tackle the root causes of gender inequality.
As 2015 approaches, a process is underway to identify and shape the priorities of the post-2015 development framework that will succeed the MDGs. In order to sustain and advance efforts to prevent and end violence against women and girls, it is vital to ensure that violence against women is positioned as a priority within the new agenda. The UNiTE campaign is advocating for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls to be a key priority in the new framework, and for the inclusion of a transformative gender equality goal.
The Commission on the Status of Women
The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. From March 10 to 21 March 2014, representatives of Member States, UN entities, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from all regions of the world will come together under the priority theme ‘Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls’. The forum will provide an opportunity to convey the message that violence against women and girls remains a major global concern and that the post-2015 agenda must give it adequate attention.
ORANGE DAY ACTIVITIES (25th February)
What can you do?
- On 25 February wear orange and share your photos at @SayNO_UNiTE on Twitter or on Facebook at http://facebook.com/sayno.unite. Remind the world that violence against women and girls is still an issue of major concern which must be a priority in future development efforts.
- Get engaged ahead of the 58th Commission of the Status of Women! Find out if your government is a Member State of the CSW. What action has been taken in your country on violence against women since commitments were made at the last CSW? Share your views at the SayNO - UNiTE facebook page.
- Last year, Governments from 61 countries and the European Union, committed to take specific actions to address violence against women and girls as part of UN Women’s COMMIT initiative. Have the commitments translated into actions in your country? Share your views at the SayNO - UNiTE facebook page.
- Find out if your government is supporting the inclusion of a transformative gender equality goal in the post-MDG Development Framework to ensure violence against women and girls is a priority issue for action and how your country fared in the MDGs: What actions can be taken to address violence against women and girls in your country? Hold discussions and/or share your thoughts here.
SAMPLE SOCIAL MEDIA MESSAGES
Today is #OrangeDay & we are focusing on how ending #VAW must be part of future dev. agenda. Join us! http://ow.ly/tNfbU
Today is #UNiTE's #OrangeDay! We are talking abt #MDG & #VAW. How does your country fare? http://ow.ly/tNeRm
25 Feb is #OrangeDay! #UNiTE says #VAW must be a key priority in the #post2015 dev.framework http://ow.ly/tNfbU
As #CSW58 approaches & @UN reviews progress towards #MDG goals, efforts to end #VAW must be stepped up. http://ow.ly/tNfbU #OrangeDay
#Iwearorangebecause #VAW is a global pandemic which must be prioritized in the #post2015 development framework. http://ow.ly/tNfbU #OrangeDay
On 25Feb #OrangeDay I am wearing orange to show my support for commitments to be turned to action to end #VAW at #CSW58. http://ow.ly/tNfbU
25 February is #OrangeDay! How will you take action to #endVAW? Join the conversation with #UNiTE http://ow.ly/tNfbU
Today – 25 February – is #OrangeDay, a day to take action to end violence against women and girls. This month UNiTE reminds the world that violence against women remains a global pandemic and must be addressed in future development frameworks. http://ow.ly/tNfbU
Today is the UNiTE campaign’s #OrangeDay. Governments will come together in March at the 58th Commission on the Status of Women to review progress towards the #MDGs for women and girls. 1 in 3 women and girls experience violence in their lifetime. Sustainable development cannot happen without addressing and preventing #VAW.
This month, #OrangeDay is focusing on challenges and achievements in the implementation of the #MDGs for women and girls. What progress has been made in your country to address violence against women and girls? Share your thoughts on what still needs to happen. https://www.facebook.com/SayNO.UNiTE.
On Orange Day – 25 February, get engaged and learn about the upcoming Commission on the Status of Women. Find out if your government has joined UN Women’s COMMIT initiative what they have done to turn commitments to end violence against women and girls into action in the past year.
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