During the 16 Days of Activism towards Gender-Based Violence from November 25 to December 10, the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens contributes to the Orange the World Campaign globally and in Austria, calling for the elimination of violence towards ladies and ladies.
Five years in the past, in 2015, the member states of the United Nations agreed on 17 international targets to achieve a greater and extra sustainable future for all. Since then, these Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have advanced right into a guiding roadmap for locating long run options to international challenges. “Leaving No One Behind” has turn out to be the important thing message of this agenda, as the worldwide neighborhood emphasised that the SDGs can solely be achieved if peace and prosperity holds true for everybody.
Women make up half of the world’s inhabitants, however they nonetheless wrestle to even train their elementary human rights. A staggering one in three ladies experiences bodily or sexual violence of their lifetime. Violence towards ladies and ladies is, thus, one of the vital pervasive human rights violations and maybe the obvious manifestation of the deeply rooted imbalances in energy in our societies. How will we ever reach the SDGs if such inequalities nonetheless exist?
In 2008, the UN, beneath the management of its eighth Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, pushed for a multi-year effort aimed toward stopping and eliminating violence towards ladies and ladies world wide, known as UNiTE to End Violence towards Women. The marketing campaign known as on governments, civil society, ladies’s organizations, younger individuals, the non-public sector, the media and the whole UN system to hitch forces in addressing the worldwide pandemic of violence towards ladies and ladies. It has, for instance, labored to undertake and implement nationwide legal guidelines to deal with and punish all types of violence towards ladies and ladies, according to worldwide human rights requirements.
In 2015, UN Women grew to become the company entrusted to guide the UN’s efforts to advocate the elimination of violence towards ladies and ladies. To strengthen UNiTE, UN Women introduced the “Orange the World” marketing campaign, to happen yearly through the interval between November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence towards Women, and December 10, Human Rights Day.
During these 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, the world’s most outstanding monuments and buildings are illuminated in orange, representing a future free from violence towards ladies and ladies.
Hosting the United Nations and situated within the coronary heart of Europe, Austria performs a key function in boosting the marketing campaign on a neighborhood and worldwide degree. UN Women Austria, Soroptimist International Austria, HeForShe Austria and the Ban Ki-moon Centre are working in shut partnership on the Austrian contribution to Orange the World.
In 2019, the companions counted over 130 Austrian buildings in monuments illuminated in orange through the 16 Days of Activism. In 2020, the purpose is to surpass this quantity and to make clear present challenges concerning gender-based violence with the help of the Austrian actress Ursula Strauss because the marketing campaign’s spokesperson.
2020 has been rattled by the COVID-19 pandemic and rising knowledge has proven that the lock-down measures world wide had been accompanied by a spike in reported home violence instances. This alarming improvement demonstrates that motion have to be taken to forestall the aggravation and contribute to the elimination of what UN Women has named ‘The Shadow Pandemic’.
To unfold the message of the marketing campaign to a wider viewers and talk about the problems of the Shadow Pandemic with high-level actors, two on-line occasions will happen through the Orange the World timeframe.
At a digital high-level roundtable on November 26, titled “Tackling the Shadow Pandemic – Violence Against Women During COVID-19 Times”, Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, former Prime Minister of New Zealand Helen Clark, Regional Director of UN Women Asia and Pacific Mohammad Naciri, CEO of Avon Angela Cretu, and ladies’s rights activist Trisha Shetty mentioned what steps may be taken to deal with the spike in violence towards ladies throughout COVID-19. The occasion was hosted by the co-chairs of the Ban Ki-moon Centre, together with former Secretary-General Ban and the 11th President of Austria Heinz Fischer.
On December 1, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Ban Ki-moon Centre will host a Virtual Expo known as “Education, Empowerment, and Effective Policies: Innovative Initiatives Preventing Gender-Based Violence”. As a part of UNODC’s Education for Justice Global Dialogue Series, changemakers from world wide will come collectively and current how they take motion to forestall violence towards ladies and ladies.
To make the world a safer and higher place for all, we should all do our half to remove violence towards ladies and ladies in all its kinds. We encourage you to get lively within the Orange the World marketing campaign by internet hosting an occasion, sharing its messages, and changing into a part of this international motion.