Throughout 2015, the UNiTE campaign advocated, organized and mobilized its constituencies to keep violence against women at the top of national and global agendas. It highlighted key developments, engaged diverse communities, and focused its global advocacy on ensuring that violence against women and girls was prioritized in the global development agenda.
A new global development agenda, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted in September 2015. It was accepted by all countries and is applicable to all. Through its 17 goals and 169 targets, the agenda for global action for the next 15 years addresses the three dimensions of sustainable development; the economic, social and environmental. It recognizes gender equality and the empowerment of women as a key priority and pledges that ‘no one will be left behind’. Goal 5 of the agenda aims to ‘Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls’ and includes specific targets to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls. The goals are integrated and indivisible, therefore the achievement of many of the other goals is also essential to progressing efforts to prevent and elimination violence against women and girls.
The adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals was a milestone in the advancement of the global development agenda with great potential to accelerate efforts to prevent and eliminate violence against women and girls. The agenda is, however, extremely ambitious and if it is to be successful, must be adequately financed. Implementation will also require national ownership and leadership by governments and the dynamic engagement of civil society organizations to support the implementation and hold government to account for progress.
THE UNITE CAMPAIGN IN ACTION IN 2016
In 2016, the UNiTE campaign will focus its global advocacy on:
- The implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Developmentas it relates to violence against women and girls.
- The need for adequate resourcing for efforts to end violence against women and girls.
SAMPLE SOCIAL MEDIA MESSAGES
It’s #OrangeDay and #UNiTE is busy planning for 2016. Watch out for our #OrangeDay themes for this year coming soon!
In 2016 #OrangeDay will take a closer look at how ending #VAW is a must for achieving #globalgoals & #planet5050:
Happy #OrangeDay! What are you planning to support the efforts to end #VAW in 2016? Share your plans with @SayNO_UNiTE
Happy #OrangeDay. In 2016 #UNiTE calls for implementation of the #SDGs and adequate funding to end #VAW. Join us!