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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, 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

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June 2013

In July last year 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 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.

Under the heading ‘Safe spaces for women and girls’, the UNiTE campaign is focusing its Orange Day activities 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 this year. In April, UNiTE focused on ‘Safe Work Place for Women and Girls’ and in May it highlighted ‘Safe Homes for Women and Girls’.  In June, the UNiTE’s Orange Day coincides with the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture (June 26th) and the campaign will therefore focus on ‘State Custody and State Care as Safe Spaces for Women and Girls’’.

VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS IN STATE CUSTODY AND STATE CARE

Women and girls are subject to violence inflicted by a wide range of actors and in different settings, including by official representatives of a state when in its custody or care. State actors include representatives or officials of a government or administrative department of a government, people empowered to exercise elements of State authority. They can include members of the legislative, executive and judicial branches, law enforcement officials, officials in places of detention, prison guards, social security officials, immigration officials, military and security forces.   Places of State custody or care might include settings such as prisons, police stations, social welfare institutions, immigration detention centres or any other types of State institution. State actors may commit various forms of violence against women and girls such as sexual violence, sexual harassment, molestation.

57th COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN

At the 57th Session on the Commission of the Status of Women in March, governments made a range of commitments directed towards preventing and ending violence against women and girls in State custody or State care. They committed to:

  • “Take appropriate measures to ensure the human rights of and protect women and girls deprived of their liberty and/or under State custody or State care from all forms of violence, in particular sexual abuse.” P9. (aa)
  • “Prevent, investigate and punish acts of violence against women and girls that are perpetrated by people in positions of authority, such as teachers, religious leaders, political leaders and law enforcement officials, in order to end impunity for these crimes.” P9. (x).
  • “Adopt and fund policy reforms and programmes, and support education, to sensitize, train and strengthen the capacity of public officials and professionals, including the judiciary, police and military, as well as those working in the areas of education, health, social welfare, justice, defence and immigration; hold public officials accountable for not complying with laws and regulations relating to violence against women and girls, in order to prevent and respond to such violence E/CN.6/2013/L.5913-26434 in a gender-sensitive manner, end impunity, and avoid the abuse of power leading to violence against women and the revictimization of victims and survivors.” P8.  (w)

ORANGE DAY ACTIVITIES (25th June)

This Orange Day and in recognition of International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, the UNiTE campaign highlights State custody and State care as safe spaces for women and girls – spaces where they must be safe from torture or any other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment.

What you can do

  • Advocate for your country to ratify the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment if it has not already done so.
  • Advocate for your country to ensure that its legislation is in line with International Human Rights standards to provide adequate protection for women and girls in State custody and care.
  • Advocate for your country to take steps to support education, to sensitize, train and strengthen the capacity of public officials and professionals on the issue of violence against women and girls.

SAMPLE SOCIAL MEDIA MESSAGES
Twitter

  • Today is #orangeday! Wear orange & support UNiTE campaign to #endVAW & girls in State custody&care! http://owl.li/km1BB
  • On #orangeday 25June,support UNiTE campaign &take action to #endVAW & girls in State custody&care by wearing orange! http://owl.li/km1BB
  • Today is the UNiTE campaign’s #orangeday! Do your national laws provide protection 4women&girls in State custody&care? http://owl.li/km1BB
  • It's #orangeday!UNiTE campaign says:end #VAW &girls in state custody&care & advocate 4 training for public officials http://owl.li/km1BB After #CSW57 to #endVAW &girls,UNiTE campaign says: Make State custody&care safe spaces for women this #orangeday. http://owl.li/km1BB
  • Tomorrow is Int’l #Torture Victims' Day. Has ur country ratified the Convention against Torture? http://owl.li/m7NcG #orangeday

Sample Facebook messages

1. The 25th of each month is Orange Day – a day to take action to end violence against women and girls. Each month this year the UNiTE campaign will highlight recommendations from the 57th session of the Commission on the Status of Women to ensure that its conclusions become reality. This month we highlight violence against women and girls in State custody and care. Find out what you can do. http://owl.li/km1BB

2. Women and girls are subject to violence inflicted by a wide range of actors and in different settings, including by official representatives of a state when in its custody or care. They can include representatives or officials from the legislative, executive and judicial branches, law enforcement officials, officials in places of detention, prison guards, social security officials, immigration officials, military and security forces. State actors may commit various forms of violence against women and girls such as sexual violence, sexual harassment, molestation. On today’s Orange Day, the UNiTE Campaign says NO to violence against women and girls in State custody and care! http://owl.li/km1BB

3. This Orange Day – 25 June, the UNiTE campaign highlights violence against women and girls in State custody and care. At the 57th session of the Commission on the Status of Women in March, States committed to “Take appropriate measures to ensure the human rights of and protect women and girls deprived of their liberty and/or under State custody or State care from all forms of violence, in particular sexual abuse” P9. (aa). Learn more.
http://owl.li/km1BB

4. This Orange Day and in recognition of International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, the UNiTE campaign encourages States to take steps to make State custody and care safe spaces for women and girls, where they are free from torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment. Advocate for your country to ratify the Convention against Torture if it has not already done so http://owl.li/m7NcG