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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 August 2017

UNiTE Campaign Orange Day Action Plan: August 2017

Violence against Women and Girls in Humanitarian Crises



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.



This Orange Day, 25 August 2017, the UNiTE Campaign focuses on Violence against Women and Girls in Humanitarian Crises.

With continued population growth, urbanization, stretched natural resources, protracted conflict, and the impact of climate change becoming more apparent, the number of humanitarian crises continues to grow, as does the number of communities requiring humanitarian assistance.(1)

For instance, through changing temperatures, precipitation and sea level rises, among other factors, global climate change is already modifying hazard levels and exacerbating disaster risks. The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) assessed that from 2005 to 2015, 87 per cent of disasters have been climate related.(2)

Within crises affected communities, women and girls are often disproportionately at risk to the effects of these crises. They are more likely to lose their means of livelihood and face heightened risks of gender-based violence, such as sexual violence, including rape, as well as early marriage and human trafficking due to displacement and the breakdown of the normal structures of protection and support.(3)

Further, in the aftermath of disasters, their specific humanitarian needs are often neither adequately identified nor addressed in the ensuing response by governments and humanitarian agencies alike.(4)

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development clearly posits that all women and girls, regardless of their location, situation, and circumstances or migratory status, should be entitled to a life free from violence and its consequences. Any measure taken to achieve Goal 5 and eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls must include those affected by crisis and conflict.

(1) Promoting the rights, need and agency of women and girls in humanitarian action, UN Women, 2016, p.2
(2) Ten-year review finds 87% of disasters climate-related, UNISDR, 2015
(3) Report of the Secretary-General, Trafficking in women and girls, 2016, p.6
(4) Promoting the rights, need and agency of women and girls in humanitarian action, UN Women, 2016, p.2





Click here to access this month’s social media messages.


This #OrangeDay find out more about why it matters to include women in emergency action: http://bit.ly/2gBJiIe @UN_Women

It’s #OrangeDay! @SayNO_UNiTE takes a close look at the issue of violence against women & girls affected by crises: http://bit.ly/1fXiNmW

After the cyclone in Fiji, @unwomenpacific helped protect women & girls from violence. Learn more: http://bit.ly/2pQ4qz6 #OrangeDay

Violence against women is preventable. Donate now to end violence against women: owl.li/YbzG30aZFmz #OrangeDay

Women and girls are disproportionately at risk to the effects of crises, including losing their means of livelihood and suffering gender-based violence. This #OrangeDay, the UNiTE campaign puts a spotlight on the situation of women and girls in emergencies: http://bit.ly/1fXiNmW via [@SayNO-UNiTE to End Violence against Women]

Cyclone Winston ravaged Fiji in February 2016. In its wake, [@UN Women] has been supporting Government and UN efforts to ensure protection of women and girls, including against gender-based violence. This #OrangeDay, learn more about UN Women’s work in Fiji http://bit.ly/2pQ4qz6 and the issue of violence experienced by women and girls affected by emergencies: http://bit.ly/1fXiNmW

“The most difficult part of my job is the repeated cases, where the husband will not change his behaviour, where the wife is not able to leave, and where she is abused again and again,” says caseworker Lu Bu. Find out more about the work of [@UNFPA] in response to gender-based violence in conflict-scarred Kachin, Myanmar: http://bit.ly/2oRBUvP #OrangeDay