16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Starts in Africa

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“Orange the World: End Violence Against Women Now!” is the topic of the campaign, which runs from November 25 to December 10.

From November 25 through December 10, 2021, the United Nations will commemorate the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, with the global theme “Orange the World: End Violence Against Women Now!” set by the UN Secretary-UNiTE General’s campaign.

Nearly one-third of all women have been abused at some point in their lives. As demonstrated during the COVID-19 epidemic and contemporary humanitarian crises, conflicts, and climatic calamities, numbers surge in times of crisis.

A new report from UN Women, based on data from 13 countries since the pandemic, shows that 2 in 3 women reported that they or a woman they know experienced some form of violence and are more likely to face food insecurity. Only 1 in 10 women said that victims would go to the police for help.

Believing survivors

While pervasive, gender-based violence is not inevitable. It can and must be prevented. Stopping this violence starts with believing survivors, adopting comprehensive and inclusive approaches that tackle the root causes, transform harmful social norms, and empower women and girls.

With survivor-centred essential services across policing, justice, health, and social sectors, and sufficient financing for the women’s rights agenda, we can end gender-based violence.

The Generation Equality Forum that concluded in Paris in July set the momentum for decisive actions and investment to advance gender equality.

The UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women, the only global grant-making mechanism dedicated to ending and preventing all forms of violence against women, has announced a special fundraising challenge, #Give25forUNTF25, marking 25 years of grant-making to support women’s organizations around the world.

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