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Monday, November 25, 2013

Orange Day- United to end violence against women

In 2008, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon lauched the UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign. In July of 2012, the Secretary-General proclaimed every 25th of the month as an Orange Day for a world safe for women and girls.



The objective of UNiTE to End Violence against women campaign is to raise public awareness and increase political will and resources for preventing and ending all forms of violence against women and girls in all parts of the world.

Through this campaign, the UN Secretary-General calls on governments, civil society, women's organizations, men , young people, the private sector, the media and the UN system so together, they could provide safe homes, safe workplaces, safe cyber and public spaces and the likes for women and girls.

Let's create a safe world for women and girls (Photo: endviolence.un.org)

Fast Facts on violence made on women and girls in their homes and workplaces : 

  • Between 40 and 50 percent of women in European Union countries experience unwanted sexual advancements, physical contact or other forms of sexual harassment at their workplace.
  • Small surveys in Asia-Pacific countries indicate that 30 to 40 percent of women workers report some form of harassment-verbal, physical or sexual.
  • A quarter of women have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace in Australia.
  • The most common form of violence experienced by women globally is physical violence inflicted by an intimate partner, with women beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused.
  • Several global surveys suggest that half of all women who die from homicide are killed by their current or former husbands or partners.
  • The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) estimates that the annual worldwide number of so-called "honour killing" victims may be as high as 5,000 women.
  • Women aged 15-44 have a greater risk of being a victim of rape and domestic violence than of suffering from cancer, car accidents, war and malaria, according to World Bank data.
  • More than 60 million girls worldwide married before the age of 18, primarily in South Asia (31.1 million) and Sub-Saharan Africa (14.1 million)