In 2011, the United Nations Information Centre’s around Europe, UN Women, and the Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence Against Women campaign have asked europeans to create an ad to be published in newspapers, but this time saying: “No to Violence Against Women”. Violence against women and girls (VAW) is one of the most systematic and widespread human rights violations. No woman or girl in the world is entirely free of the risk of violence and abuse and this is unacceptable. Violence against women is a human rights issue with tremendous health, social and economic implications.
In 2011 we reached out for the second time to creative Europeans and asked them to contribute to the fight to eliminate Violence against Women. The aim of the competition was to increase awareness of a problem that affects one out of every three women worldwide.
Designers from Denmark, Kosovo and France won the top three prizes in the competition. The first prize went to Danish designer Trine Sejthen for Violence is not always visible.
The first prize, 5,000 Euros was given to Ms. Sejthen at a ceremony in Madrid on 25 November, the International for the elimination of violence against women by Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain, and organized by the Caixa Forum who donated the prize. Create4theUN - Say No to Violence Against Women
Treat me like a woman by artist Gjoke Gojani from Kosovo won the public vote prize, in which over 120,000 votes were cast.
Words by Raphaelle Moreau of France won the youth prize for participants under 25. The youth prize winner was selected by Fabrica, the Benetton Group´s communications research centre.
The awards were announced at a ceremony in Brussels which also marked the opening of an exhibition of the works of the 30 finalists at the Harlan Levy Projects Gallery. The exhibition in Brussels was the first of many in Europe, including displays in Copenhagen, Paris, Moscow, Prague and Kiev.
The UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign, managed by UN Women, has proclaimed every 25th of the month as “Orange Day” – a day to take action to raise awareness and prevent violence against women and girls.
Initiated and led by the UNiTE campaign Global Youth Network, Orange Day calls upon activists, governments and UN partners to mobilize people and highlight issues relevant to preventing and ending violence against women and girls, not only once a year, on 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women), but every month.
25 July – Addressing violence against women and girls in the informal labour market
25 June – Engaging Sport Communities and Addressing Violence against Women and Girls in Sport
25 May – Working with the corporate sector to end violence against women and girls
25 April – End conflict-related sexual violence against women and girls
25 March – End female genital mutilation
25 February – Ending violence against women and girls must be part of new development framework
25 January – Access to justice for survivors
The overall theme for Orange Day in 2013 was ‘Safe Spaces for Women and Girls’, highlighting the recommendations of the agreed conclusions of the 57th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW57) which took place in March.
From 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December 2013, Human Rights Day, UNiTE called for a global action to “Orange Your World in 16 Days.” See what happened »
As part of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence, organizations and activists organized local and national 'orange' events. From marches, marathons and panel discussions to radio and television programmes, concerts and film festivals, Orange Your World involved governments, celebrities, media, civil society organizations and the United Nations system on the ground and on social media to raise awareness and public engagement.
We have received more than 2,700 ads, from 40 countries saying No to Violence Against Women.
Over 120,000 people cast their votes in the First Prize and the winner the selected by the Jury is Trine Sejthen for her ad ”Violence is not always visible”
The competition is an initiative of the United Nations Regional Informational Centre for Western Europe UNRIC, and UN Women, the new UN Entity for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment.
Afsané Bassir-Pour, the Director of UNRIC, praised the enthusiasm with which Europeans joined the competition saying “our aim was to raise awareness on this issue, help break the taboo, and to do this by reaching out to the European creative community. A picture, as they say, is worth a thousand words. So thank you Europeans.”