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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.


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April 2013

The Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign proclaims every 25th of the month as Orange Day! The first in a series of Orange Days was launched on 25 July last year. Initiated and led by the UNiTE campaign Global Youth Network, the action strives to highlight the issue of 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. Orange Day aims to spark worldwide interest and conversation, highlight the fact that violence against women and girls is a violation of human rights and call for its eradication without reservation, equivocation or delay.

This year we’ll be using our Orange Day actions to highlight recommendations from the agreed conclusions of the 57th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW57) which focused on violence against women and girls. We will start this month by highlightingSafe Work Places for Women and Girls’.

Violence against women in the work place takes place in all countries throughout the world and takes many forms, including sexual harassment and bullying.  It affects all professions and sectors and particularly women living in poverty as they are more likely to be exposed to exploitation and abuse in informal labour settings like, for example, women migrant workers.


ACTION 1: Call on companies to support the Women’s Empowerment Principles
In particular, ask them to:

ACTION 2: Find out what policies are in place at your work place or university.
Do they fulfill the recommendation in the Women’s Empowerment Principles on ‘Health, Safety and Freedom from Violence’? If there are gaps, what steps can be taken?

ACTION 3: Orange your work place!  As long as your employer agrees, wear orange to work or university and encourage your colleagues to do the same to show your support for zero tolerance of violence against women and girls in the work place.

ACTION 4: Tell others about Orange Day using social media (in your own words or using the messages below) and encourage them to raise awareness at their workplace. Use & share the photo of the UNiTE Ribbon - the new symbol for ending violence against women and girls. Change your Facebook cover photo to the UNiTE campaign Orange Day cover photo to promote the Orange Day.

Sample tweets

Facebook messages
1. Every 25th of the month is Orange Day! After CSW57 on ending violence against women and girls, the UNiTE campaign says: Now words need to be matched with action!  All year we will call for the implementation of the CSW agreed conclusions on Orange Day, starting this month with calls for Safe Work Places for Women and Girls.

“Take measures to ensure that all workplaces are free from discrimination and exploitation, violence, and sexual harassment and bullying, and that they address discrimination and violence against women and girls, as appropriate, through measures such as regulatory and oversight frameworks and reforms, collective agreements, codes of conduct, including appropriate disciplinary measures, protocols and procedures, referral of cases of violence to health services for treatment and police for investigation; as well as through awareness-raising and capacity-building, in collaboration with employers, unions and workers, including workplace services and flexibility for victims and survivors”
Commission on the Status of Women, 57th session B (yy) p. 9.

2. This Orange Day the UNiTE campaign highlights the global issue of violence against women in the work places and calls upon companies to support the Women’s Empowerment Principles and in particular, to ensure women’s health, safety and freedom from violence at work. Check them out, and don’t forget to wear orange to take a stand! http://weprinciples.org