International Day to End Violence against Women.



#Orangeurhood Today, 25 November, is the International Day to End Violence against women and girls. To mark the day, UN Women encourages you to “orange your neighbourhood” and raise awareness about the #16days of Activism against Gender Violence which follow (ending on 10 December “Human Rights Day”

Violence against women and girls is a global pandemic that destroys lives, fractures communities and holds back development, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said as the world body today marked the International Day to End Violence against Women.
โ€œBut violence against women and girls does not emerge from nowhere. It is simply the most extreme example of the political, financial, social and economic oppression of women and girls worldwide,โ€ Mr. Ban said at an Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) event at Headquarters.
Joining Mr. Ban at todayโ€™s panel discussion were UN Women Executive-Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka; First Lady of New York, Chirlane McCray, and actor Teri Hatcher, among others.
This yearโ€™s theme of Orange Your Neighborhood promises grassroots action to raise orange-smilieawareness in local communities. For example, the UN Secretariat building and the Empire State Building were lit orange last night, and many wore orange today to show support and solidarity in ending the scourge that affects one in three women worldwide.
Violence against women is not confined to just one region, political system, culture or social class, Mr. Ban explained today. It is present at every level of every society in the world. It happens in peacetime and becomes worse during conflict.god_said_no_12
This year alone, we have seen the kidnapping of more than 200 girls in Nigeria; the Indian schoolgirls who were raped, killed and hung from a tree; graphic testimony from Iraqi women of rape and sexual slavery during war; the continued bullying of women on the internet. Governments, workplaces, universities and sports authorities are stepping up much-needed action to end sexual violence. More than 80 per cent of governments have passed laws on domestic violence and sexual harassment.
However, their implementation is often slow and uneven. And fragile gains continue to be threatened by extremism and a backlash against womenโ€™s rights.
โ€œIt is up to everyone to play their part; womenโ€™s rights are not only womenโ€™s business. Men and boys are finally taking their place as partners in this battle. The HeForShe campaign I launched two months ago brings together one half of humanity in support of the other,โ€ Mr. Ban said.
Echoing that, UN-Womenโ€™s Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka explained that this Day is an opportunity to โ€œshine an orange lightโ€ on violence against women that takes place at home, in schools, nations, cities, and villages.

5204908401754112She urged for support to confront that โ€œhorrorโ€ and โ€œextinguish it.โ€
โ€œThis is an important moment as the world is getting ready to gear up to the post-2015 plan of action,โ€ Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka said, highlighting that the issue of fighting violence against women will be high on the future global development agenda.
โ€œNo culture, no nation, no woman โ€“ old or young โ€“ is immune to this human rights violation,โ€ she added.
โ€œAnd these women are determined to reclaim their lives,โ€ she said, urging that โ€œthere is no time for complacency or excuses, the time to act is now.โ€
โ€œWe need young people, members of Parliament and political parties, religious and traditional leaders as well aswave5 men and boys to play their roles,โ€ the UN-Women chief explained. โ€œWe know what works now. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) initiative, along with other studies, has generated quite some data and best practices that demonstrate that the importance of protecting women and girls and providing services to those who fall victim to these horrendous crimes.โ€
โ€œWe are in a unique position in history and a lot of will among the people of the world to forge ahead and conquer violence against women,โ€ she said.
Recalling meeting women who have been victims of violence, Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka said that she โ€œforever will be haunted by their sufferingโ€ but also inspired by their courage.