Did you know that today marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women? Human rights violations take multiple forms across the world and countless acts of violence are committed against women every single day.

I found the following on the UN’s site. I have tried to edit it down to slightly more readable English – however, my brain hurts and it is late on a Friday …. I’m hungry and cold … I have ear-ache.

However, I am a white male – people tend to listen to white males more than any other strata of society. White Privilege/The Patriarchy, I hear you cry? “Smash the system from within”, I say.

Here is the text lifted/edited from their site:

“In 2016, the UN’s UNiTE campaign strongly emphasizes the need for sustainable financing for efforts to end violence against women and girls. This will build towards the fulfilment of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

One of the major challenges to efforts to prevent and end violence against women and girls worldwide is the substantial funding shortfall. As a result, resources for initiatives to prevent and end violence against women and girls are severely lacking. Frameworks such as the Sustainable Development Goals, which includes a specific target on ending violence against women and girls, offer huge promise, but must be adequately funded in order to bring real and significant changes in the lives of women and girls.

To bring this issue to the fore, the UN Secretary-General’s campaign “UNiTE to End Violence against Women” has a rallying call. This year’s rallying call is ‘Orange the World: Raise Money to End Violence against Women and Girls’.

The initiative provides a moment to bring the issue of sustainable financing for the cause. This includes initiatives to prevent and end violence against women in to global prominence. It also presents the opportunity for resource mobilization for the issue.

Share your photos, messages and videos showing how you orange the world at facebook.com/SayNO.UNiTE and twitter.com/SayNO_UNiTE using #orangetheworld and #16days. For more information about “Orange the world,” see this year’s Call to Action and download the fundraising toolkit. For more information about Orange Day, please contact Anna Alaszewski, UNiTE Campaign Coordinator, anna.alaszewski[at]unwomen.org

The United Nations Official Commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women will take place on 21 November from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. Harrogate time.”

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