Emmanuella was seven years old when she was raped. At 17, Tabasum was kidnapped and forced to marry an older man, who went on to burn her. Helen was bullied at school because she liked girls and not boys. Elisa was dragged to the town square and beaten, because she dared to participate in politics. Nana escaped being raped by an acquaintance and went on to start conversations about consent well before #MeToo hit global headlines.

Building on the momentum of global movements and grassroots campaigns such as ‘#MeToo’, “#TimesUp”, “#BalanceTonPorc” “#NiUnaMenos”, #MetooIndia and “HollaBack!”, the UN theme for this year’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence (25 November – 10 December) 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 in newspapers and stories we may not have heard on social media.

Their voices and stories must be heard.

Today we stand at a tipping point. These global social media conversations and survivor- activists’ movements have shown us that when our voices come together, it is possible to challenge the historical power imbalances and affect lasting change.

Take Action:

Violence against women and girls is a global pandemic…but it is not inevitable. During the 16 Days of Activism people all around the world are raising their voices and demanding an end to this violence. Will you join with them?

Social media

Help us to #orangetheworld in #16days by turning your Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts orange. A social media package with sample messages is available here.

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See how people from all walks of life joined together to #orangetheworld and say #HearMeToo