Each year the United Nations Secretary General's UNiTE Campaign has designated the 25th of every month "Orange Day" 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. During the 16 Days of Activism, Novmber 25 to December 10 UNiTE asks governments, organizations, and people all over the world to intensify efforts to mobilize action domestically and globally.
Throughout 2017 the UNiTE Campaign will continue to highlight the Sustainable Development Goals and will celebrate Orange Days under the overarching theme "Leave No One Behind: Ending Violence Agains Women and Girls" while underscoring its commitment towards reaching the most marginalized and underserved first. To find out more about the UNiTE campaign CLICK HERE
Although older women in Africa are strong and resourceful, they are among the most marginalized groups. They have been disproportionately impacted by the AIDS pandemic which is both a cause and consequence of violence against women. The violence they experience remains largely invisible. It often begins in childhood, and is exacerbated with early marriage, and exclusion from health services, education and economic opportunities. Other life-course transitions, such as motherhood, widowhood and aging increase their vulnerability. Violence against older women, which is often perpetrated by intimate partners and family, may take the form of physical, sexual or psychological abuse, as well as financial exploitation and neglect.
This year during the 16 Days Orange Campaign GRAN will spotlight the multiple challenges that older women in sub-Saharan Africa face: access to life-saving medicines, access to life long learning and freedom from violence. Our goal is to raise awareness in our own communities. Our call to action is to challenge the Canadian government and the international community to meet their commitments to the Sustainable Development Goals and implement policies and programs that will improve the human rights of grandmothers in sub-Saharan Africa.