End Violence Against Women
‘Safe and Empowering Public Spaces with and for Women and Girls’ is the focus of this month's Orange Day (25 October), the call to wear orange in support of ending violence against women and girls. Observed on the 25th of every month, Orange Day was proclaimed by the Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign in 2012 to focus attention on the struggle to end violence against women and girls. Everyone is encouraged to learn more, share information, speak out and wear something Orange in support of the issue.
1 in 3 women and girls experience violence in their lifetime. Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread violations of human rights. According to a 2013 WHO global study, 35 per cent of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual violence. However, some national studies show that up to 70 per cent of women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence in their lifetime from an intimate partner.