In 2008, under the leadership of then Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations pushed for a multi-year effort aimed at preventing and eliminating violence against women around the world. Since 2015, UN Women is spearheading the Orange the World campaign, taking place annually from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, up until 10 December, Human Rights Day. During these 16 Days of Activism, the world’s most prominent monuments and buildings are illuminated in orange, representing a future free from violence against women.
Since 2018 the Ban Ki-moon Centre has joined efforts with UN Women Austria, Soroptimist International Austria and HeForShe Austria to spread the message of the campaign in Austria and globally. The partnership has succeeded to have numerous buildings and monuments be illuminated in orange all over Austria. Furthermore, the Centre war involved in organizing large-scale events, gaining celebrity and high-level campaign ambassadors, and promoting the newsworthiness of the issue, all serving to stress the urgency to strengthen public awareness and structures to effectively deal with and end violence against women.
The Shadow Pandemic: Violence Against Women During COVID-19 Times – Action Brief
The COVID-19 pandemic is accompanied by a multitude of challenges in the global fight against Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG). Continued movement restrictions place more and more women and girls in vulnerable situations, exposing them to a Shadow Pandemic of VAWG.
On November 26th the BKMC organized a virtual High-Level Roundtable to address this Shadow Pandemic from the perspective of a variety of different stakeholders, who share a common responsibility to end Violence Against Women.
Based on the High-Level Roundtable, the present Action Brief compiles facts and statistics, as well as key findings and recommendations on the Shadow Pandemic during COVID-19. Learn about what you can do to end Violence Against Women and how all sectors can contribute.
Orange The World 2020
In 2020, the BKMC aims to raise awareness for current challenges to eliminate violence against women and girls:
- At a virtual high-level roundtable on November 26th titled “Tackling the Shadow Pandemic – Violence Against Women During COVID-19 Times”, a panel of stellar speakers discussed what steps can be taken to address the spike in violence against women during COVID-19. Read about the event here.
- On December 1st, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Ban Ki-moon Centre hosted a Virtual Expo called “Education, Empowerment, and Effective Policies: Innovative Initiatives Preventing Gender-Based Violence”. Read about the event
- Read our Program Officer Viola Christian’s article in Modern Diplomacy here.