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Say NO – UNiTE to End Violence against Women - International Day to End Violence Against Women 25 November 2013

[United Nations Campaign, 25 November > 10 December] Say NO – UNiTE to End Violence against Women is a social mobilization platform on ending violence against women and girls, contributing towards UN Secretary General’s system -wide campaign, UNiTE to End Violence against Women. Launched in November 2009 by UN Women, Say NO – UNiTE showcases advocacy efforts and engages people from all walks of life, online and on the ground.

One in three women and girls experience physical or sexual violence from men in their lifetime. It happens everywhere – at home and at work, on the streets and in schools, during peacetime and in conflict. Violence against women and girls has far- reaching consequences, harming families and communities, stunting human development, and undermining economic growth. Everyone has a role to play in combating this global pandemic; the time to act together is NOW.

Since its launch, Say NO – UNiTE has triggered and highlighted actions by individuals, governments and civil society partners. Actions have ranged from advocating for legislation to volunteering at local shelters, organizing local or national awareness raising campaigns, engaging young people, or donating funds towards programmes that protect women and girls from violence, and more. Every action taken symbolizes the groundswell of engagement on the issue.

Building upon the momentum generated during its first phase when 5,066,549 people signed on to a global petition to make ending violence against women a top priority worldwide, Say NO – UNiTE has since then gone on to recording more than 5 million actions from people around the world. Heads of States, Ministers and Parliamentarians have added their names to support the initiative, and 60 Governments have announced national commitments to end violence against women and girls.

Say NO – UNiTE to End Violence against Women is an expanding global coalition of individuals, organizations, governments and the private sector to realize a vision that is ambitious, but must never be impossible – a future that is free from violence against women and girls.

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