Monday, 25 November 2019 | Worldwide | UN Women
Rape, a single word with devastating impact that spans decades, even generations.
It destroys bodies and minds and puts peace in jeopardy. When left unpunished or trivialized, it creates a pervasive culture where sexual violence is normalized, women and girls are undervalued, and entire communities and nations are left fractured.
Through words, actions and inactions; discriminatory laws or leniency towards perpetrators; through the media we consume, jokes we laugh at, and attitudes we do not question, we can become part of a culture that allows rape to continue.
For the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence and under the umbrella of the Generation Equality campaign, the Secretary-General’s UNiTE by 2030 to End Violence against Women campaign is calling upon people from all walks of life, across generations, to take our boldest stand yet against rape.
“If I could have one wish granted, it might well be a total end to rape. Those who use rape as a weapon know just how powerfully it traumatizes and how it suppresses voice and agency. This is an intolerable cost to society. No further generations must struggle to cope with a legacy of violation,” says UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.
The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an annual campaign managed by UN Women that kicks off on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs until 10 December, Human Rights Day.
Join us! Show your support on social media by sharing photos, messages and videos showing how you are participating in the campaign using #OrangeTheWorld and #GenerationEquality.
You can also join the conversation by sharing our campaign materials that you can download here.
For more information, please visit the UN Women website.