Orange the World: Activism to end violence against Women & Girls
From November 25th, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to December 10th, 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.
The theme and activities of the UNiTE Campaign in 2022, under the global banner UNITE! Activism to End Violence against Women & Girls, will aim to mobilize all UNITE networks, civil society and women’s rights organizations, organizations working with men and boys, the UN system, the Action Coalition on Gender Based Violence, government partners, human rights defenders, schools, universities, private sector, sports clubs and associations and individuals to become activists for the prevention of violence against women, to stand in solidarity with women’s rights activists and to support feminist movements around the world to resist the rollback on women’s rights and calling for a world free from VAWG.
VAWG remains the most widespread and pervasive human rights violation worldwide affecting more than an estimated 1 in 3 women, a figure that has remained largely unchanged over the last decade. The most recent global estimates showed that, on average, a woman or girl is killed by someone in her own family every 11 minutes. The COVID-19 pandemic has intensified VAWG and has also exposed and exacerbated deep structural inequalities, reversing decades of progress on women’s labour force participation, raised the number of women living in extreme poverty and increased the burden of unpaid care and domestic work, all of which exacerbates the risk factors and drivers of VAWG.
Although older women in Africa are strong and resilient, they are also among the most victimized groups when it comes to gender-based violence.
See below for resources to learn more about this year's UNiTE Campaign and to help you plan Orange Campaign activities in your communities.