Orange the World: End Violence against Women Now!
UN Women offices across Europe and Central Asia marked the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence with events, social media campaigns and much more from 25 November to 10 December 2022, under the global theme set by the UN Secretary General’s UniTE campaign: ““UNiTE! Activism to End Violence against Women and Girls!” Check out the highlights!
UN Women Serbia kicked off the 16 Days of Activism campaign with the opening of an immersive exhibition titled #Bezbednasvuda (#SafeEverywhere) in Kalemegdan Park, Belgrade. The exhibition is an intervention in public space that aims to raise awareness about women and girls’ safety in public spaces.
To mark the launch of 16 Days of Activism campaign, UN Women Moldova held a discussion on promoting inter-sectoral cooperation in cases of domestic violence, bringing together partners from public sector, civil society and academia to discuss challenges and opportunities for ending violence against women and girls.
Info centers on sexual violence popped up across five cities in Bosnia and Herzegovina as UN Women launched its 16 Days of Activism Campaign. The centers provided an opportunity for visitors to get legal and psychological support from experts on different forms of sexual violence and harassment cases as well as to learn more about legal mechanisms for protection.
This year, for the 16 Days of Activism, UN Women Ukraine teamed up with one of the leading media houses in Ukraine (hromadske.ua) to launch a communications campaign to test public understanding of gender-based violence, provide expert advice on how to combat it and share available support services.
In Kosovo*, UN Women partnered with the national Basketball Federation to organize a match between Basketball Clubs ‘’KB Vllaznimi” and “KB Ponte Prizreni’’ as part of the 16 Days of Activism. The event aimed at raising awareness among the 2,200 fans who attended the match, which are mostly men and boys.
The 16 Days of Activism campaign launched in Albania this year paid tribute to activists supporting survivors of violence. The event brought together government and international partners, feminists, women’s rights activists, as well as many others who work every day to prevent and eliminate violence against women and girls. Take a look at the full list of events hosted in Albania during 16 Days of Activism.
This year, UN Women Türkiye called for action against intimate partner violence with the #SheSaidNo Campaign within the 16 Days of Activism. Reaching over 2,5 million people on social media, the campaign engaged civil society organizations, private sector companies and national celebrities. As part of the campaign, UN Women Türkiye’s National Goodwill Ambassador Demet Evgar reunited with her castmate actor Emre Karayel after 7 years to shoot a promotional sketch.
In Kyrgyzstan, UN Women launched the #KorkpoToktotJasha (#Don’tBeAfraidStopIt) campaign on social media, calling everyone to take action to end violence against women and girls, which is considered a taboo topic by many in Kyrgyz society. The campaign supported and amplified the voices of women’s rights activists, the work of civil society organizations on ending violence against women and sparked solidarity towards their work.