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Volkan Bozkir, President of the 75th session of the General Assembly delivers a message on the closing of the campaign for 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence
10 Dec 2020 -  The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign that kicks off on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs until 10 December, Human Rights Day. It was started by activists at the inaugural Women’s Global Leadership Institute in 1991 and continues to be coordinated each year by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership. It is used as an organizing strategy by individuals and organizations around the world to call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls.

In support of this civil society initiative, under the leadership of the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, the United Nations Secretary-General’s UNiTE by 2030 to End Violence against Women campaign (UNiTE campaign) calls for global actions to increase awareness, galvanize advocacy efforts, and share knowledge and innovations.

The UN System’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence activities, from 25 November to 10 December, will take place under our 2020 global theme: "Orange the World: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect!"
As we come to the end of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, I thank all of you who have taken action to end this scourge against humanity. In particular I thank civil society, who initiated this campaign, and whose work in communities is invaluable.
This year saw more of us stay at home than ever before. We must remember, that for many home is not a safe space. Gender-based violence often occurs behind closed doors.
Over the past year, more than 243 million women have been subjected to violence by an intimate partner. This is abhorrent and unacceptable. We cannot allow this to continue.
Lockdown measures have limited individuals’ ability to reach out for assistance and support, whether to their informal support network or to essential services. We must continue to work together to improve our response to gender-based violence. This means shifting the status quo and standing up for what is right.
This means strengthening the quality of essential services.
This means preventing impunity.
And most of all, it means redoubling our efforts to achieve gender equality, which is critical to violence prevention.
Ending gender-based violence will take more than 16 days. But together, we can achieve gender equality and create a better world for everyone, everywhere.
Thank you.