Nicholas Rosellini: 2017 #OrangetheWorld# 16 Days Campaign to end Gender-Based Violence EVAW TF Dissemination Workshop

Nov 28, 2017

Nicholas Rosellini

UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative, China


Ladies and gentlemen,

Friends and colleagues,

Good morning!

It is a pleasure to welcome you to the EVAW Trust Fund Project Dissemination Workshop. The timing of this is important event is important as it takes place during the ongoing 2017 #OrangetheWorld# 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign.

The 16 Days campaign is commemorated by the UN under the Secretary-General’s campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women by 2030. Orange has been designated as the color of the UNiTE campaign because it symbolizes hope and a violence-free world. It mobilizes governments and public alike to “Orange the World” and play their part to end violence against women and girls.

The theme for the 16 Days campaign this year, “Leave No One Behind: End Violence against Women and Girls,” is in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It addresses the fact that although every woman and girl is vulnerable to GBV, those within marginalized groups are even more vulnerable. Identifying, addressing and responding to the marginalized women and girls when they experience GBV is critical to eliminating GBV.

Everyone has the right to live their life without violence or the threat of violence. This holds true for all people, no matter their gender, age, race, religion, ethnicity, caste, income level, sexual orientation, HIV status, citizenship or any other characteristic of their identity.

The UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women is the only global grant-making mechanism that is dedicated to addressing all forms of violence against women and girls. 

The UN Trust Fund was established by UN General Assembly resolution 50/166 and administered by UN Women on behalf of the UN System. It works with non-governmental organizations (NGOs), governments and UN country teams to prevent violence against women and girls, improve access to services and strengthen laws, policies and action plans to prevent violence against women and girls.

I would hereby like to thank all of the organizations for attending today’s event and making efforts protect the safety of women and girls in China. With such hardworking and inspiring people dedicated towards this mission, I rest assured that we will achieve our goal.

Thank you!

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