UNiTE to end violence against women

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UNiTE to end violence against women

Tuesday, 25th November, 2014. As every 25th November, the Women for Africa Foundation is joining in the commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, a day designated by the United Nations to raise awareness and promote action against this scourge that affects millions of women and girls around the world.

The date of 25th November was chosen in memory of the Mirabal sisters. These were three political activists in the Dominican Republic who were brutally murdered in 1960 by order of the ruler at the time, Rafael Trujillo.

As part of the UNITE campaign to end violence against women launched in 2008 by the Secretary General of the UN, Ban Ki-moon, this year the "Orange your neighbourhood" campaign has been launched. The Women for Africa Foundation’s logo will now be tinged with this colour, which has been chosen by the UN as a symbol of a more hopeful future without violence.  

If you would like to join this initiative, you can make the UNiTE campaign visible on the streets and in shops and businesses in your area, and organize “orange events” in your own neighbourhood from 25th November to 10th December. To show awareness and sensitivity towards gender violence, you can also share photos, messages and videos sporting something orange on facebook.com/SayNO.UNiTE and twitter.com/SayNO_UNiTE

In her message for International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, stressed that violence against women can and must be stopped by addressing its root cause: gender inequality.

Message from the Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

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