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“Orange the World: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect!” - 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence

The UNiTE by 2030 to End Violence against Women campaign marked the 16 Days of Activism - 25 November to 10 December 2020 under the global theme “Orange the World: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect!”. The UN Women-led campaign aimed to amplify the call for global action to bridge funding gaps, ensure essential services for survivors of violence during the COVID-19 crisis, focused on prevention, and collection of data that can improve life-saving services for women and girls.

Globally, 243 million women and girls were abused by an intimate partner in the past year, and less than 40 per cent of those women reported the crime or asked for help. After COVID-19 hit, where countries implemented lockdown measures, consequently affected women in a situation of domestic violence, intensifying the numbers.

The campaign gave voice to women on the front line and UN partners, those who are battling COVID-19 and the rising pandemic of violence against women and girls. The voices of survivors, essential workers, and leaders, tell us what’s urgent, and how we can stop the escalating violence, recover and rebuild from COVID-19.

As part of UN Women’s efforts for Beijing+25, the campaign was built to launch bold new actions and commitments to end violence against women at the Generation Equality Forum in Mexico and France in 2021.

To read and watch the stories of women front line operators, please visit the webpage of UN Women attached below.