From 25 November, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to December 10, Human Rights Day, the United Nations UNiTE Campaign: 16 Day of Activism to End Gender-based Violence is a time to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls everywhere. As a bright and optimistic colour, orange has been chosen by the United Nations as the colour to represent the Campaign’s goal of a future free from violence.
Starting 25th November 2019, and for the next two years, the UNiTE Campaign will focus on rape as a specific form of harm committed against women and girls, in times of both peace and war. The UNiTE Campaign is calling on people from all walks of life to learn more and take a stand against the pervasive rape culture that surrounds us.
Sexual and gender-based violence is one of the most pervasive and egregious human rights violations. Although older women in Africa are strong and resilient, they are also among the most victimized 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, and “uncounted”. It often begins in childhood and is exacerbated by early marriage and exclusion from health services, education and economic opportunities. Transitions to motherhood, widowhood and aging increase their vulnerability.
To find out more about the UNiTE Campaign, CLICK HERE.
See below for resources to help plan Orange Campaign activities in your communities. (Note: UN Women will not be releasing this year's tool-kit until a week before November 25th. However, a backgrounder is available now. You will find it first in the list of resources below. Until this year's tool-kit is released, we encourage GRAN groups to be creative in adapting last year's materials to this year's theme.)