Day 7: Say NO – UNiTE, Worldwide
Violence occurs in many forms and settings, impacting up to seven in ten women and girls around the world. The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) works to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls and promotes the empowerment and equity of women across the globe.
One of UN Women’s most successful communications initiatives is Say NO – UNiTE to End Violence Against Women, a social mobilization platform that drives and supports advocacy efforts by governments, UN, civil society organizations, and youth. The multi-lingual global platform has reached millions of people worldwide, raised awareness and visibility of the issue, and inspired actions. Say No – UNiTE showcases advocacy efforts and engages people from all walks of life—both online and on the ground. To further the campaign’s reach, UN Women has enlisted the help of UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Nicole Kidman as the spokesperson of Say NO – UNiTE.
Since its launch in 2009, Say NO – UNiTE has recorded more than 5 million “actions” from participants and has garnered support from Ministers and Heads of States of 74 countries and 700 Parliamentarians. Say NO – UNiTE has encouraged the President of Tanzania to commit to training of police to better assist abuse survivors, the Parliament of Maldives to pass a domestic violence bill, and the European Parliament to step up measures to prevent violence against women and girls.