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United Nations Secretary-General’s Campaign “UNiTE to End Violence against Women”

Asia-Pacific UNiTE Working Group

The Asia-Pacific UNiTE Working Group, co-chaired by UN Women and UNFPA, functions as a sub-group of the Thematic Working Group on Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women (TWG-GEEW). The goal of the UNiTE Working Group is to support the regional implementation of SDG 5 on ending violence against women and girls by providing a forum for information-sharing and inter-agency coordination and supporting regional/sub-regional initiatives in specific areas which require coordinated efforts by multiple agencies.

UNiTE Asia Pacific Resources

A Resource Book on Intimate Partner Violence for United Nations Staff in Asia
A Resource Book on Intimate Partner Violence for United Nations Staff in Asia.
This resource book is designed to support UN staff members who encounter IPV either in their own lives or that of colleagues. Part One provides an overview of the problem and the regional context. Part Two provides practical guidance, from how to recognize IPV to where to seek help.
The Trial of Rape: Understanding the criminal justice system response to sexual violence in Thailand and Viet Nam
A joint study carried out by UN Women, UNDP, UNODC and UNiTE on the criminal justice system’s response to sexual violence in Thailand and Viet Nam, outlining hurdles women face when seeking justice. The study showed that sexual assault survivors in Thailand and Viet Nam.
A young activist's toolkit for Ending Violence against Women and Girls
The Change-Makers: A young activist’s toolkit for ending violence against women and girls
This toolkit is a resource for young peer educators who are facilitating workshops, trainings or lessons on gender equality, violence against women and girls, and activism. It is a collection of activities to engage young people on these topics while raising awareness and promoting healthy relationships.

UNiTE Asia Pacific Highlighted Events

AsiaPacific Regional Commemoration of 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence in 2018 focused on hearing stories of survivor activists.

Photo: UN Women/Pathuumporn Thongking

The storytellers shared their experiences of violence—at the hands of strangers, family members and intimate partners—recounting how they eventually felt moved to share their experiences openly in order to bring about greater understanding, encourage others to share their stories and motivate governments and civil society alike to recognize that violence against women is a crisis that requires important conversations across all of society. This is required to create ‘a new normal’ where violence is never acceptable, never excusable and should never be kept silent. Read more

Beijing+26 Regional Review Conference. Thematic Session: Review of progress made and challenges to realizing gender equality for women and girls in the thematic area of “Ending Violence against Women, Stigma and Stereotypes”

A special session on Ending Violence Against Women at the Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on the Beijing+25 Review.  Date: 28 November 2019 at 10:10–12:00   Venue: CR 1, UNCC Bangkok.   Photo: UN Women/Pornvit Visitoran

The review of the Beijing Platform for Action provided a unique opportunity to address violence against women as a key dimension for the achievement of development goals and for addressing the unequal power relationships between women and men. In this context, the panel created an opportunity to discuss the best practices for prevention, response and protection of survivors, by States and civil society, as well as discuss the constraints and challenges that have held back progress in eliminating violence against women. Read more

Vagina Monologues

The Vagina Monologues performance at UNCC, Theatre Room. 25 June 2019.  Photo: Courtesy of Jessica Amity

Many of the more than 100 people in the audience raved about the performance of the stage play The Vagina Monologues, which UN Women organized at the United Nations regional headquarters in Bangkok on 25 June. The 25th is the United Nation’s monthly Orange Day to raise awareness about violence against women and girls. Read more

 

16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence

2020 UNiTE Campaign Theme: "Orange the World: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect!"

The UN System’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence activities, from 25 November to 10 December, will take place under our 2020 global theme: "Orange the World: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect!"

UNITE To end violence against women  

As the world retreated inside homes due to the lockdown measures introduced to curb the COVID-19 pandemic, reports showed an alarming increase in the already existing pandemic of violence against women.

“Accompanying the crisis has been a spike in domestic violence reporting, at exactly the time that services, including rule of law, health and shelters, are being diverted to address the pandemic,” stated the UN Secretary-General's report, “Shared Responsibility, Global Solidarity: Responding to the socio-economic impacts of COVID-19". 

You can make a difference during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and protracted state of crisis it has generated across the world. You can support women and girl survivors of violence to stay safe and free of violence. Take action during this year’s 16 Days of Activism to End Gender-Based Violence. For more information about “Orange the World: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect!” and action ideas, see this year’s concept note.

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign that kicks off on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs until 10 December, Human Rights Day. It was started by activists at the inaugural Women’s Global Leadership Institute in 1991 and continues to be coordinated each year by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership. It is used as an organizing strategy by individuals and organizations around the world to call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls.

In support of this civil society initiative, under the leadership of the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, the United Nations Secretary-General’s UNiTE by 2030 to End Violence against Women campaign (UNiTE campaign) calls for global actions to increase awareness, galvanize advocacy efforts, and share knowledge and innovations.

2019

16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence 2019 - Generation Equality stands against rape

In 2019, the UNiTE campaign will mark the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, from 25 November to 10 December, under the theme, “Orange the World: Generation Equality Stands against Rape!”

While the names, times and contexts may differ, women and girls universally experience rape, sexual violence, and abuse, in times of peace or war.

Rape is rooted in a complex set of patriarchal beliefs, power, and control that continue to create a social environment in which sexual violence is pervasive and normalized. Exact numbers of rape and sexual assaults are notoriously difficult to confirm due to frequent latitude and impunity for perpetrators, stigma towards survivors, and their subsequent silence.

In recent years, the voices of survivors and activists, through campaigns such as #MeToo, #TimesUp, #Niunamenos, #NotOneMore, #BalanceTonPorc, and others, have put the spotlight on the issue of sexual violence and have reached a crescendo that cannot be silenced or ignored anymore.

That is why, under the umbrella of UN Women’s Generation Equality campaign that marks the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, 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.

Join us! Share your photos, messages and videos showing how you are participating in the campaign on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter using #OrangeTheWorld and #GenerationEquality. You can also join the conversation on social media by sharing our campaign materials that you can download here. For more information about “Orange the World: Generation Equality Stands against Rape” and action ideas, see this year’s concept note.

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2018

From 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day, the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign is a time to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls around the world. The international campaign originated from the first Women's Global Leadership Institute coordinated by the Center for Women's Global Leadership in 1991.

Orange the World: #HearMeToo, end violence against women and girls

For far too long, impunity, silence and stigma have allowed violence against women to escalate to pandemic proportions—one in three women worldwide experience gender-based violence.

The time for change is here and now.

In recent years, the voices of survivors and activists, through campaigns such as #MeToo, #TimesUp, #Niunamenos, #NotOneMore, #BalanceTonPorc and others, have reached a crescendo that cannot be silenced any more. Advocates understand that while the names and contexts may differ across geographic locations, women and girls everywhere are experiencing extensive abuse and their stories need to be brought to light.

This is why the UNiTE Campaign’s global advocacy theme this year is: Orange the World: #HearMeToo

Under the theme Orange the World: #HearMeToo, the UNiTE partners are encouraged to host events with local, national, regional and global women’s movements, survivor advocates and women human rights defenders and create opportunities for dialogue between activists, policy-makers and the public. As in previous years, the colour orange will be a key theme unifying all activities, with buildings and landmarks lit and decorated in orange to bring global attention to the initiative.

Join us! Share your photos, messages and videos showing how you are participating in the campaign at facebook.com/SayNO.UNiTE and twitter.com/SayNO_UNiTE using #orangetheworld and #HearMeToo. For more information about Orange the World: #HearMeToo, see this year’s Concept Note.

Save the date for the UN official commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

2017

From 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day, the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign is a time to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls around the world. The international campaign originated from the first Women's Global Leadership Institute coordinated by the Center for Women's Global Leadership in 1991.

Orange the World 2017: Leave no one behind

In 2017, the UNiTE Campaign marked the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence under the overarching theme, “Leave No One Behind: End Violence against Women and Girls”— reflecting the core principle of the transformative 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

“Leave No One Behind: End Violence against Women and Girls” 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.

As in previous years, the colour orange was a key theme unifying all activities, and buildings and landmarks will be lit and decorated in orange to bring global attention to the issue of violence against women and girls.

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For more information see the action plan.

2016

Orange the world 2016

In 2016, the UNiTE campaign strongly emphasized the need for sustainable financing for efforts to end violence against women and girls towards the fulfilment of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

One of the major challenges to efforts to prevent and end violence against women and girls worldwide is the substantial funding shortfall. As a result, resources for initiatives to prevent and end violence against women and girls are severely lacking. Frameworks such as the Sustainable Development Goals, which includes a specific target on ending violence against women and girls, offer huge promise, but must be adequately funded in order to bring real and significant changes in the lives of women and girls.

To bring this issue to the fore, the UN Secretary-General’s campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women’s call for the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence in 2016 was ‘Orange the World: Raise Money to End Violence against Women and Girls’. The initiative provided a moment to bring the issue of sustainable financing for initiatives to prevent and end violence against women to global prominence and also presents the opportunity for resource mobilization for the issue.

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For more information see the action plan.

2015

Orange the world

The year 2015 marked the 20-year anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the most progressive road map to gender equality. World leaders met in March at the United Nations 59th Commission on the Status of Women and in September at the 70th General Assembly to take stock of the progress made and commit to take action to close the gaps that are holding women and girls back. This year a new Sustainable Development agenda, which for the first time includes specific targets and indicators on ending violence against women, also replaced the Millennium Development Goals.

In 2015, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women invited you to “Orange the world: End violence against women and girls.”   

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For more information see poster and toolkit.

2014

Orange your neighbourhood logo

The 2014 theme was  “Orange YOUR Neighbourhood.” Participants around the globe took the UNiTE campaign to local streets, shops and businesses, organizing “Orange Events” in their own neighbourhoods, reaching out to your neighbours, local stores, food-sellers on the corner of your street, gas stations, local cinemas, barbers, schools, libraries and post offices. Orange lights were projected and orange flags hung on local landmarks and local ‘orange marches’ were organized on 25 November to raise awareness about violence against women and discuss solutions that would work for specific communities.

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For more information about “Orange YOUR Neighbourhood, 2014” see flyer and toolkit.

2013

The overall theme for Orange Day in 2013 was ‘Safe Spaces for Women and Girls’, highlighting the recommendations of the agreed conclusions of the 57th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW57) which took place in March.

From 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December 2013, Human Rights Day, UNiTE called for a global action to “Orange Your World in 16 Days.”

Nicole Kidman wears Orange because...

As part of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence, organizations and activists organized local and national 'orange' events. From marches, marathons and panel discussions to radio and television programmes, concerts and film festivals, Orange Your World involved governments, celebrities, media, civil society organizations and the United Nations system on the ground and on social media to raise awareness and public engagement.

See what happened »

Watch this video showcasing actions around the world to Orange the World in 16 Days:

Check out our influencers for #Iwearorangebecause: 

Featured story
The dyed palm tells people to stop a dowry practice that devalues women. Photo: UN Women/Habib Asgher

In digital campaign, UN Women hits back at the scourge of dowry in Pakistan

A dowry consists of gifts, jewellery, cash or assets that the bride’s family is expected to give to the groom’s family at the time of marriage. When expectations are not met, the bride and her family often are subjected to harassment and violence despite several (poorly enforced) laws against the practice. A March 2016 story in Pakistan’s The News International said Pakistan has the highest per capita rate of dowry-related deaths in South Asia – about 2,000 Pakistanis suffer this fate every year. Read more

Featured Publication

UN Women Asia and the Pacific Newsletter
16 Days of Activism 2020 Special Edition

In 2019, UN Women and partners around the world commemorated the 16 Days of Activism against Gender- Based Violence (25 November – 10 December) under the theme of “Orange the World: Generation Equality Stands against Rape”. Read more

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Sia Watcharapon Kukaewkasem's story at Equality Talk

Sia Watcharapon Kukaewkasem, Akha community EVAW activist, shares her own experience and thoughts about ending domestic violence and calls for special support for indigenous women in Thailand at Equality Talk held on 23rd November 2018. #HearMeToo #16days #SafeandFair