UN Ghana launches 16 Days of Activism Campaign to End Violence Against Women and Girls

Orange UNDP buildingUNDP building in Accra illuminated in orange light

In Ghana, 1/5 of women aged between 15 and 49 experience sexual violence in their lifetime. Globally, a staggering 1 in 3 women have experienced physical or sexual violence in their lifetime. Violence is not inevitable and it can be prevented.

Prevention is the 2015 theme of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November and of the UNiTE to End Violence against Women Campaign’s 16 days call for action. This year, at the official commemoration at UN Headquarters in New York, the first UN Framework on Preventing Violence against Women will be launched and discussed. This document stems from the collaboration of seven UN entities: UN Women, ILO, OHCHR, UNDP, UNESCO, UNFPA and WHO. The framework develops a common understanding for the UN System, policymakers and other stakeholders on preventing violence against women and provides a theory of change to underpin action.

Today, the UN in Ghana will launch the annual 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign and invites the government, civil society organizations and individuals to mark the 16 Days of Activism by coming together to step up efforts to end violence against women and girls. The 16 Days Campaign will end on International Human Rights Day (December 10) and emphasizes that gender-based violence in its many forms is a human rights violation and impedes progress in many areas, including poverty eradication, combating HIV/AIDS, and peace and security. The UN Resident Coordinator in Ghana, Ms. Christine Evans-Klock said that with the recent launch of the Sustainable Development Goals, now is the time to create a world where women and girls enjoy the safety they deserve.

This year, the UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign invites individuals to “Orange the world”. The initiative calls on all people in all parts of world to take action in their communities, play their part and stand up against violence against women and girls. Millions of people across the world are uniting under the banner colour orange, chosen to symbolize the brighter future of a world free from violence against women and girls. In a sign of the growing momentum for change, orange lights will illuminate iconic landmarks from the historic ruins at Petra in Jordan, to Niagara Falls in North America.As part of this global campaign the UNDP building on Ringroad East in Accra will be lid orange at night for the entire 16 days. 

In his message on International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said: “The pervasiveness of violence against women and girls means we can all take steps to address it. Let us join forces to end this crime, promote full gender equality – for their sake and for all of humanity.”

Join us and share your photos, messages and videos showing how you orange your world at facebook.com/SayNO.UNiTE and twitter.com/SayNO_UNiTE using the hashtags #16days and #orangetheworld.