Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today and is a threat to millions of girls and women online and offline. It affects women regardless of their age, background, or level of education. This violence takes many forms, including physical, sexual, or psychological violence, as well as economic abuse and exploitation.
The 16 days between 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and 10 December, Human Rights Day, are known as the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign, a time to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls around the world. This year, as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women falls on a Sunday, UNESCO will start observing the day on Friday, 23 November, and will mark the 16 Days of Activism through a series of events under the overall theme: “UNESCO says NO to violence against women”.
- Orange the globe
25 November has been designed as the Orange Day by the UNiTE to End Violence against Women Campaign. The color orange symbolizes a brighter future, free of violence. It also serves as a means of demonstrating your solidarity in eliminating all forms of violence and it is therefore used as the color of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. As a show of solidarity, the UNESCO globe will be illuminated in orange.
On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, UNESCO has organized an exhibition presenting the scope and depth of violence against women around the world, as well as initiatives that UNESCO undertakes in order to address this phenomenon. The exhibition will start on 23 November and will extend throughout the 16 Days of Activism.
The exhibition may be viewed here
- Social Campaign
UNESCO staff will participate in a group picture using umbrellas to say NO to violence against women, which will be used for advocacy and awareness raising. UNESCO Field Offices will also share pictures across all social media.
Check the pictures here
UNESCO invites everybody to post their photos on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women by including the hashtags #OrangeTheWorld #25Nov #IDEVAW and tagging UNESCO. Contributors may submit photos and/or videos saying “No to violence against women”, preferably featuring the symbolic umbrella. Remember to wear a touch of orange.
You can download our social media pack, which includes visuals and messages, including a frame for your pictures. Please share this information with your networks and help spread the word about this global issue.
Under an umbrella, we stand united to fight physical, verbal and emotional violence, both online and offline and SAY NO TO VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN.