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Orange the World: #HearMeToo, End violence against women and girls

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), 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. Their voices and stories must be heard. For the 16 Days of Activism, join them as they say #HearMeToo.

In Focus

Times Square, NYC
World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (18 November)

The Day has become an important tool in global efforts to reduce road casualties. It's an opportunity to draw attention to the scale of emotional and economic devastation caused by road crashes and to give recognition to the suffering of road crash victims and the work of support and rescue services. A dedicated website was also launched to make the Day more widely known and to link countries by sharing common objectives and the remembrance of people killed and injured in crashes. This year's slogan is "Roads have stories" #WDoR2018

students on school toilet cleaning duty
World Toilet Day (19 November)

Toilets save lives, because human waste spreads killer diseases. World Toilet Day is about inspiring action to tackle the global sanitation crisis. When nature calls, we need a toilet. But, billions of people don’t have one. This means human faeces, on a massive scale, are not being captured or treated – contaminating the water and soil that sustain human life. We are turning our environment into an open sewer. We must build toilets and sanitation systems that work in harmony with ecosystems.

child holding blue globe
World Children's Day (20 November)

World Children’s Day is a global day of action ‘for children, by children.’ Marking the anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, it’s a fun day with a serious message. This year children are taking over and turning the world blue! We want to build a world where every child is in school, safe from harm and can fulfil their potential, and we know you do too. Join UNICEF’s global petition asking leaders to commit to fulfilling the rights of every child and #GoBlue on the day to show your support. 

In the Spotlight

UNHCR Patrons HRH Princess Sarah Zeid and Venerable Vudhijaya Vajiramedhi
UNHCR Patrons HRH Princess Sarah Zeid and Venerable Vudhijaya Vajiramedhi

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, recently appointed HRH Princess Sarah Zeid of Jordan and the Venerable Vudhijaya Vajiramedhi, a highly respected Thai Buddhist monk, as its first two Patrons in recognition of their advocacy and awareness-raising work on behalf of millions of refugees. A Patron is a prestigious honorary title given to those who support UNHCR and refugees by dedicating valuable time to disseminate information and knowledge about refugees. The role is to influence public opinion and change negative attitudes towards refugees and engage others to support the work of UNHCR.

The UN System at Work

IOM exhibit
International Organization for Migration (IOM)

The Holding On exhibition showcases the stories of internally displaced people by asking them to reflect on their most cherished possessions. The items that displaced people carry with them when they have to leave their homes often become physical representations of a world that has since disappeared. For many, they represent a promise of return. Marking the 20th anniversary of the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement, the UN Migration Agency (IOM) launched the ‘Holding On’ digital campaign to raise awareness of the plight of internally displaced persons and celebrate their courage and resilience.

Goal of the week

SDG Goal 13 - CLIMATE ACTION

Did you know?

There are 5 nuclear-weapon-free zones in the world.
Global Facts: Big Data for the SDGs
Unclean water and poor sanitation are the leading cause of child mortality.  Find out more in Global Issues: Water
Africa has the highest growth rate of female-owned businesses.

Worth Watching


UN in Pictures

Walid and his family are among the almost 8 million Yemenis who receive WFP assistance every month
Education Cannot Wait (ECW) is the first global fund dedicated to education
Swedish peacekeepers on patrol in Timbuktu, Mali
Migration and the 2030 Agenda: A Guide for Practitioners by IOM
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