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16 Days, 25 November, 10 December, end violence against women and girls, UNiTE, world-wide campaign, #HearMeTooAnd stop violence against women and girls.

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

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign is seen as a time to galvanise action to end violence against women and girls around the world.

This is an international campaign that originated from the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute, coordinated by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership, in 1991, and runs for 16 days – from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, until 10 December, Human Rights Day.

And while the names and contexts may differ in geographic locations, women and girls everywhere are experiencing extensive abuse, their stories need to be brought to light.

In recent years, the voices of survivors and activists, through campaigns such as #MeToo, #TimesUp, #Niunamenos, #NotOneMore, #BalanceTonPorc, among others, have reached a pitch that must not be silenced.

This is why the UNiTE campaign’s global theme for this year’s 16 Days is Orange the World: #HearMeToo.

The Orange the World: #HearMeToo theme and hashtag was announced and launched by the UNiTE Campaign’s Executive Director, with following objectives:

1 – To amplify the voices of diverse women’s movements across geographic locations and sectors working to prevent and end violence against women.

2 – To advocate for specific changes in institutions and workplaces, including within the UN system, private sector organisations, education institutions, civil society organisations and governments to promote gender equality and end violence against women.

3 – To call for specific financing commitments in national efforts to prevent and eliminate violence against women and girls.

As in previous years, 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.

And – 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 attract global attention to the initiative.

Join in.

Share your photos, messages and videos showing how you are participating in the campaign on Facebook at SayNO.UNiTE or on Twitter at SayNO_UNiTE using #orangetheworld, #HearMeToo, #OrangeUrWorld, and #EndVAW.

For more information about Orange the World: #HearMeToo, click here to see this year’s Concept Note.

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