Nicholas Rosellini: 2017 #OrangetheWorld# 16 Days Campaign to end Gender-Based Violence Launch EventNov 24, 2017
UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative, China
Colleagues, friends, and most importantly, the young people who are with us here today:
I would like to warmly welcome everyone to the launch event of the #OrangetheWorld# 16 Days Campaign to end Gender-Based Violence. I am excited to see many young people here today, and am even more excited to see so many of you holding or wearing something orange – orange posters, orange scarves, orange ties – we are turning this auditorium into an ocean of orange! This is beautiful. Thank you.
Orange is a key color for the United Nations. We see it as a color of vigilance, a reminder to all people around the world that gender inequality, gender-based discriminations and gender-based violence still exist throughout the world. The United Nations stands behind the elimination of discrimination and violence against women and girls, and has taken the issue up as a global priority.
The 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals, unanimously adopted by world leaders in 2015 to address our most pressing global challenges, has a stand-alone goal on gender equality. Under this goal, the first two targets are “ending all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere”, and “eliminating all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres”.
In China, the Chinese government honored its commitment to promote gender equality by enacting its first national domestic-violence law earlier last year. The UN inter-agency task force on family violence law legislation, chaired by UN Women and UNICEF, supported the drafting, advocacy and implementation of this law through close collaboration with national partners.
The 16 days campaign and #OrangetheWorld# campaign comes at a pivotal time in society, during which gender based violence is being brought into the spotlight. According to UN Women, at least 35% of women have experienced some form of physical or sexual violence worldwide. This statistic represents just the tip of the iceberg as many acts of violence go unreported. As demonstrated by this year’s theme “Leave No One Behind: End Violence against Women and Girls”, the necessity to support vulnerable communities highlights the complex nature of gender inequality.
I’m excited to see that young people are using their leadership skills to promote gender equality among their peers at this school. The Beijing Royal School’s contribution to ending violence against women stands as a testament to the power of an active and engaged youth community. By taking the initiative to learn and train other peers, using innovative methods to promote gender equality through online and offline activities, and collaborating with the youth of neighboring countries, the school and its students have demonstrated how the voices of youth can change the world.
I encourage my UN colleagues, all sectors of society, all governmental and non-governmental partners, and especially, the young people of China and around the world, to use the 16 Days campaign as a spring board for ending violence against women and girls. I believe that by working together we can change the gendered landscape of society, and achieve a 50/50 world.
Ensuring that women and girls feel safe and protected inside and outside of the home represents one means by which we can grow closer to reaching this goal. So please Orange the World, #点(Dian)亮(Liang)橙(Cheng)色(Sie)#, and show your support for women and girls.
Thank you for joining me today, and I look forward hearing more from you on how to end violence against women and girls.