|Dear Say NO - UNiTE Supporters,
#OrangeDay on 25 July is all about taking action to engage youth in ending violence against women and girls!
In a world that’s younger than ever before, with 1.8 billion people below the age of 24 and some 900 million of them adolescent girls and young women, young people are critical stakeholders in efforts to prevent and end violence against women and girls. As current and future leaders, young people are a driving force for change and can use their knowledge, power and passion to challenge negative attitudes, gender stereotypes and behaviours that set in early and lead to violence. It is crucial to engage youth and ensure their voices heard in the development of strategies, policies and initiatives to prevent and end violence against women and girls.
This month’s Orange Day Action Plan provides ideas and strategies to engage youth in ending violence against women and girls. There are many ways to get involved:
Educators and youth organizations:
- Use your voices! This Orange Day, tell the world why you believe in a future free from violence against women and girls. Shoot a short video of yourself and upload it to YouTube. Click here for information on how to participate.
Together, we can make sure young voices are heard in the international campaign to end violence against women and girls.
- Find out about UN Women and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts’ joint curriculum programme for young people to stop violence against women and girls, Voices against Violence.
- Start a conversation with your students and constituents about how youth activism can contribute to the realization of a future free from violence against women and girls. Talk to your students about the Sustainable Development Goals and the opportunity they represent for youth to become engaged in the international effort to end violence against women and girls.
Anna Alaszewski, Campaign Coordinator
United Nations Secretary-General's campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women