Nelly Bassily | November 11, 2013
“Millions of women and girls around the world are assaulted, beaten, raped, mutilated or even murdered in what constitutes appalling violations of their human rights. […] We must fundamentally challenge the culture of discrimination that allows violence to continue.”
These are the words United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, used to mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women in 2012. He called on all governments to make good on their pledges to end all forms of violence against women and girls in all parts of the world, and urged all people to support this important goal.
Since 1981, women’s activists have marked November 25 as a day against violence. This date is the anniversary of the brutal 1960 assassination of the three Mirabal sisters, political activists in the Dominican Republic. The Day was officially recognized by the UN in 1999.
For more information and resources on the Day, please visit the UN website: http://www.un.org/en/events/endviolenceday/
Say NO: UNiTE to end violence against women invites you to join the UNiTE campaign and Orange the World during 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence from November 25 to December 10. People are being encouraged to reach out to friends, family and the community, and organize local and national “orange” events. These might include: projecting orange lights on city landmarks, organizing “orange parades,” encouraging children and adults to wear orange clothes such as orange ties and scarves at events, and putting orange balloons in meeting rooms and classrooms.
For more information about Orange the World in 16 Days: End Violence against Women and Girls, please contact Anna Alaszewski at the UNiTE campaign global secretariat (firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit their website at: http://saynotoviolence.org/join-say-no/orange-world-16-days