#HearMeToo”: Sixteen Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence in the Arab States

Orange the world: #HearMeToo

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#HearMeToo: A message from UN Women’s Executive Director

On this year’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (25 November), we honour and amplify the voices of survivors and grassroots activists. Under the UN theme, “Orange the World: #HearMeToo,” UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka issues a call to listen to and believe survivors, to end the culture of silencing and to put survivors at the centre of our responses. Read the full message►

Building on the momentum of global movements and grassroots campaigns such as “#MeToo”, “#TimesUp”, “#BalanceTonPorc”, and “#NiUnaMenos”, the UN theme for this year’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence (25 November – 10 December) under the UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign is Orange the World: #HearMeToo.

#HearMeToo brings to the forefront the voices of women and girls who have survived violence, who are defending women’s rights every day, who are taking action—many of them very far away from the limelight or media headlines. These are the faces we may not have seen on newspapers and stories we may not have heard on social media.

Advocates understand that while the names and the contexts may differ across geographic locations, economic and social contexts, one common theme runs deep: women and girls are experiencing extensive abuse and violence and their stories need to be brought to light.

This year, our campaign will highlight survivors and activists in the Arab States region, amplifying their voices and promoting their work to end violence against women and girls.




Explore the facts: Violence Against Women and Girls in the Arab States Region
Violence against women and girls manifests itself in many different forms. Whether at home, on the streets or during war, it is a human rights violation of pandemic proportions that takes place in public and private spaces. Explore the issue in the Arab States ►

know the signs of relationship abuse

Signs of relationship abuse (الإشارات الدالة على العلاقات المسيئة)
A sudden or gradual change in appearance or behaviour can be an indicator that abuse or neglect has occurred (or may still be happening). Learn more about the signs of relationship abuse. Learn more about how to recognize the signs (أعرف المزيد عن الإشارات الدالة على العلاقات المسيئة) ►



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