UNiTE to End Violence against Women

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From 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day, 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign is a time to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls around the world.

This year, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women invites you to “Orange YOUR Neighborhood.” Take the Unite campaign to local streets, shops and businesses, and organize “Orange Events” in your own neighborhoods between 25 November and 10 December 2014. 

“We do not have the right to remain silent. This year, on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, UNESCO also marks the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. In partnership with the Association Adéquations, UNESCO is publishing a guide on the impact of violence against women and on children’s rights, and the measures that must be taken to combat it. On this day, we reiterate our determination to understand the fundamental causes of such violence, which is rooted in gender inequality, and to harness the power of education in order to teach mutual respect and human rights as the foundations for more fair, more egalitarian and, therefore, more sustainable societies”. Message from Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO 

The UNESCO Office in Afghanistan also marked the day by organizing a radio programme with UNAMA on women literacy and its role in the elimination of all forms of violence against women. Literacy has a tremendous impact on the life of women, their children and the community, improving indicators on health, nutrition and income generation. Literate women are aware of their rights and can play a successful role in their societies. UNESCO supports basic literacy programmes as well as skills based literacy which increase women’s economic role in society. When a woman is empowered with literacy, she will be able to oppose violence and eliminate it from her home, her community and the country.