Youth Leadership in Preventing and Ending Violence against Women and Girls Initiative launched in Beijing

Date: Friday, November 24, 2017

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Beijing, China — The UN agencies and leading educational institutions are encouraging young people's leadership to prevent and end violence against women at the national launch of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based violence.

The 16Days Campaign has been now started in China. Photo: UN Women

Today's world is home to 7 billion people. Young people under the age of 25 make up for 43 per cent of the world's total population and young people lead the way forward.

In partnership with Beijing Normal University and Beijing Royal School, UN Women has launched national 2017 #OrangetheWorld# 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign (16 days campaign) at the Beijing Royal School. Distinguished guests at the launch included Nicholas Rosellini, United Nations Resident Coordinator in China, Ms. Julie Broussard, Country Programme Manager of UN Women China, and Mr. Wang Guangfa, Chairman of Beijing Law and Politics Group, Chairman and Principal of Beijing Royal School., etc.

"The 16 days campaign and #OrangetheWorld# campaign come at a pivotal time in society, during which gender based violence is being brought into the spotlight", said Mr. Rosellini, United Nations Resident Coordinator in China.

The UN General Assembly passed a resolution on December 17, 1999, designating the "International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and Girls" on November 25 and called for people all over the world to come together to prevent and eliminate any form of violence based on gender.

The 16 days campaign has already become quite popular around the world, with netizens over 90 countries and regions participating in the 16 days campaign online activities from 25 November through 10 December. In order to further raise public awareness of the issue of violence against women, the United Nations launched the 'Orange the World' campaign, lighting iconic buildings, streets, workplaces, and schools with orange lights.

The UN Building in Beijing turns into orange. Photo: UN Women

The UN Headquarters and Empire State Building based in New York was lit with the first orange lights. The activity received enthusiastic support from many countries, and buildings have included the European Commission building in Belgium, the European Commission building in France, the ancient Abu Simbel temple in the south of Egypt, the India Gate monument in New Delhi, the maiden's tower in Istanbul.

In China, the five main landmarks along the beautiful West Lake in Hangzhou were lit in a soft orange color on November 25, 2016. As part of the launch of 16 days of global activism against Gender-Based Violence, the Beijing UN compound is lighted to orange today.

The theme of the campaign for 2017 is Leave no one behind: end violence against women and girls. This theme reinforces the UNiTE Campaign's commitment to a world free from violence for all women and girls around the world, while reaching the most underserved and marginalized, including refugees, migrants, minorities, indigenous peoples, and populations affected by conflict and natural disasters, amongst others, first.

Ms. Julie Broussard, Country Programme Manager of UN Women China, said, "We encourage all men and women, to respect the similarities and differences between people, and take actions to eliminate all forms of violence and discrimination."

UN Women, Beijing Normal University and Beijing Royal School have jointly launched a three-year "Peer Leadership for Healthy Relationships Programme" at Beijing's Royal School through peer education since November 2015.

The project, organized by UN Women and conducted at the Beijing Royal School, is the first pilot project to promote gender equality and prevent gender-based violence in China's secondary education sector.

At the event today, four peer educators from Beijing Royal School with outstanding youth leadership and a Beijing Normal University resident social worker in the school introduced the project's achievements. A talent show with the theme of combating gender-based violence was organized by 200 young peer educators, including drama performances, choir performances and 'orange-public speaking'.

UN Women project coordinator, Ms. Guo Ruixiang and Professor Ms. Wang Xiying, School of Social Development and Public Policy, Beijing Normal University made.

Concluding remarks by thanking the guests for attending the event and encouraged young people to support gender equality and eliminate gender-based violence. The guests pressed a button together towards the end of the event to represent the launching of the 16 Days Campaign.

They also announced all the events which will be held from 25th November to 10th December, as well as the offline and offline activities that the general public can participate, encouraging the general public to participate in the 16 Days Campaign.

For media inquiries:

Mingming Liu (刘明明)
Communication Associate, UN Women China
Tel: +86 10 8532 6687 | Mobile: 1381 1985 912 | http://china.unwomen.org

About the Peer Leadership for Healthy Relationships Programme

UN Women, Beijing Normal University and Beijing Royal School have jointly launched a three-year "Peer Leadership for Healthy Relationships Programme" at Beijing's Royal School through peer education since November 2015.

The project, conducted by Professor Wang Xiying and his team at the School of Social Development and Public Policy at Beijing Normal University, aims at providing professional knowledge and assistance to students in Beijing Royal School in preventing violence and bullying on campus.

The project covers topic such as violence in intimate relationships, school bullying and gender diversity, with the goal is promoting and respecting gender equality and diversity, preventing gender-based violence and building healthy relationships. So far, at least 200 young students have responded to the call and had participated in training workshops for gender equality, conducting gender advocacy activities.

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青少年群体在北京发起消除针对妇女和女童的暴力行为倡议

2017年11月24日,北京 ——

在今日举办的"消除性别暴力16日"活动启动仪式上,联合国各驻华机构与领先的教育机构一起鼓励青年人主导发起消除针对妇女和女童的暴力行为,打破性别刻板印象,发挥年轻人的无限潜能。

在全球70亿人口的今天,25岁以下的青年人占43%,引领世界趋势。

The 16Days Campaign has been now started in China. Photo: UN Women

由联合国妇女署、北京师范大学和北京王府学校联合举办的"2017#点亮橙色#青年领导力o消除性别暴力16日启动仪式"在北京王府学校正式启动。联合国驻华协调员罗世礼先生,联合国妇女署国别项目主任汤竹丽女士,北京法政集团董事长,北京王府学校董事长、校长王广发先生等相关领导出席此次启动仪式并受邀致辞。

联合国驻华协调员罗世礼先生在致辞中强调:"在全球范围内,反对性别暴力已经引起大众关注、形成浪潮,因此 "消除性别暴力16日" 和#点亮橙色#倡议活动也处于推动和发展的关键时刻。"

1999年12月17日,联合国大会通过决议指定11月25日为"消除对妇女和女童的暴力国际日",呼吁全世界人民联合起来共同防止和消除基于性别的任何形式的暴力行为。"消除性别暴力16日"从11月25日一直到12月10日,已经在全世界形成浪潮,目前已有超过90个国家和地区参与,。

为进一步提高公众对暴力侵害妇女问题的意识,联合国发起了"点亮橙色"(Orange the World) 活动,用橙色灯光点亮标志性建筑物、街道、工作场所、学校等。位于纽约的联合国总部和帝国大厦首先亮起了橙色的灯光,随后这一活动得到了来自世界许多国家的支持和响应,比利时的欧盟委员会大楼、法国的欧洲委员会大楼、埃及南部的古老阿布辛贝神庙、新德里的印度门纪念碑、伊斯坦布尔的少女塔等。2016年的11月25日,美丽的杭州西湖边五大地标建筑同时点亮了柔美的橙色。今天,作为"消除性别暴力16日"行动的一部分,北京联合国大楼也亮起了橙色灯光。

今年"消除性别暴力16日"行动的主题是"不让任何人掉队:消除针对妇女和女童的暴力行为",它强调了对全世界所有妇女和女童的承诺-一个不受暴力威胁的世界,这需要照顾到社会保障水平最低的和最被边缘化的人群,其中包括难民、移民、少数群体、土著人民,以及尤其是被冲突和自然灾害影响的民众。

联合国妇女署国别主任汤竹丽女士在活动时说呼吁,"通过全社会的参与,

The UN Building in Beijing turns into orange. Photo: UN Women

鼓励男性和女性,正确认识性别身份和性别气质,尊重人与人之间的相同点和不同点,避免用歧视和暴力解决问题,用自身 行动制止歧视和暴力行为"。

自2015年11月起,联合国妇女署、北京师范大学和北京王府学校三方联合通过同伴教育的培育方式,在北京王府学校开展为期三年的"创建和谐校园关系青年领导力"项目。该项目由联合国妇女署主办,在北京王府学校开展,是中国中学阶段的首例"促进性别平等,预防性别暴力"试点项目。

在此次启动仪式上,四名来自王府学校具有卓越青年领导力的同伴教育者和一名北师大驻王府学校社工介绍了项目的成果。随后,由200名青年同伴教育者组织编排的,以反对性别暴力为主题的才艺表演拉开帷幕。话剧表演、歌曲合唱、橙色演讲等活动缤纷上演。

联合国妇女署项目协调员郭瑞香女士和北京师范大学社会发展与公共政策学院王曦影教授做总结发言,感谢嘉宾莅临,鼓励在座青年人支持性别平等,反对性别暴力。活动的最后,现场嘉宾共同按动按钮,启动反暴力十六日活动,宣布联合国在11月25日到12月10日期间的各项倡议、活动,以及公众在线上和线下的参与方式,号召广大公众通过不同的方式积极参与"消除性别暴力16日"行动。

媒体联络

联合国妇女署,刘明明
电话:13811985912
邮箱:mingming.liu@unwomen.org

关于"创建和谐校园关系青年领导力"项目

自2015年11月起,联合国妇女署、北京师范大学和北京王府学校三方联合通过同伴教育的培育方式,在北京王府学校开展为期三年的"创建和谐校园关系青年领导力"项目。该项目由联合国妇女署主办,在北京王府学校开展,是中国中学阶段的首例"促进性别平等,预防性别暴力"试点项目。

该项目由北京师范大学社会发展与公共政策学院执行,旨在为北京王府学校的学生就预防校园暴力与欺凌提供专业知识与协助,内容涉及恋爱暴力、校园欺凌、多元性别等主题,以期达到促进性别平等、尊重性别多元、预防性别暴力、共建健康关系的目的。至今,已至少有200名青年学生响应号召,长期参加性别平等培训师课程,组织并开展性别平等倡导活动。