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Photo by Jolanta Pawlak shows Abled Co-Founder Laura Meddens looking out at the seaside at sunset in Curaçao. Laura has dark-blonde shoulder length hair with her white and black sports sunglasses perched on top of her head. She is wearing a black and white leopard print blouse with black and leopard-print piping on the sleeves along with a pearl neckalce and pearl earrings. The sunset warms her tanned face with a slightly orange glow while the out-of-focus background shows a line of orange-tinged clouds on the horizon in between the deep turquoise sky and ocean.


Orange The World In 16 Days – Introduction from Abled® Co-Founder Laura Meddens


United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Campaign UNITE to End Violence Against Women has proclaimed the 25th day of each month Orange Day as an ongoing effort to highlight the call for the elimination of violence against women and girls, as the campaign puts it, ‘without reservation, equivocation or delay’.


It is a sad commentary that at this stage of human evolution in the year 2013 that such a day or campaign are even necessary. And as a survivor of domestic violence that contributed to the loss of my eyesight, I know, first-hand how much needs to be done in improving education, attitudes, cultural and peer influences, as well strengthening laws and social support services.


As a person living with a physical disability, I also know, first-hand, that violence against disabled persons, regardless of gender, is much higher than their non-disabled counterparts.


So, regardless of whether you are marking November 25 as the International Day For The Elimination Of Violence Against Women, or as the start of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign, this needless violence is an issue that needs our attention and actions each and every day of the year.


Therefore, our coverage of this issue at will continue beyond the 16 Days Campaign, and we invite you to revisit this page often as we add new stories and new ideas for solutions as part of our ongoing coverage, and we welcome your ideas in our facebook comments section.


We hope that you will help to spread the word that violence against any person, regardless of gender, race or ability is a violation of human rights. Period. 


Laura Meddens



AbledCauses-U.N. Stop Rape Campaign banner featuring photographs of people with their forearms crossed in a blocking move - the central color photos are of actresses and U.N. Spokeswomen Charlize Theron and Nicole Kidman.


AbledQuickFacts banner reads:   70% of women experience violence in their lifetime.  Violence against women is a human rights violation.  Prevention is possible and essential.


Abled causes United Nations Get Cross logo featuring a red circle with a tilted cross in the middle to symbolize crossed arms.


AbledCauses - photograph shows United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with his forearms crossed in front of him as part of the Get Cross - Stop Rape Campaign.


AbledCauses quotation reads: Get Cross.  Break the silence.  When you witness violence against women and girls, do not sit back. Act.  Ban Ki-moon United Nations Secretary-General


AbledCauses link to the UniteWorldwide webpage. Click here to go to the site.
AbledCauses link box to the United Nations' Stop Rape Now campaign. Click here to go to the website.
AbledCauses link box to the Say No United To End Violence Against Women website presented by U.N. Women - United Nations Entity for gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. Click here to go to the website.
AbledCauses linkbox to the United Nations trust Fund to End Violence Against Women. Click here to go to the website.

About UNiTE

Launched in 2008, the United Nations Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign aims to raise public awareness and increase political will and resources for preventing and ending all forms of violence against women and girls in all parts of the world.


The global vision of the UNiTE campaign is a world free from violence against all women and girls. This vision can only be realized through meaningful actions and ongoing political commitments of national governments, backed by adequate resources.


The United Nations Secretary-General’s UNiTE campaign calls on all governments, civil society, women’s organizations, men, young people, the private sector, the media and the entire UN system to join forces in addressing this global pandemic.


Through its advocacy initiatives at the global, regional and national levels, the UNiTE campaign is working to mobilize individuals and communities. In addition to supporting the longstanding efforts of women’s and civil society organizations, the campaign is actively engaging with men, young people, celebrities, artists, sports personalities, private sector and many more.

About Stop Rape Now

This campaign is being mounted by UN Action Against Sexual Violence In Conflict. (UN Action) unites the work of 13 UN entities with the goal of ending sexual violence in conflict.


It is a concerted effort by the UN system to improve coordination and accountability, amplify programming and advocacy, and support national efforts to prevent sexual violence and respond effectively to the needs of survivors.



  • Country Level Action: support joint strategy development and programming by UN Country Teams and Peacekeeping Operations, including building operational and technical capacity.
  • Advocating for Action: action to raise public awareness and generate political will to address sexual violence as part of a broader campaign to Stop Rape Now.
  • Learning by Doing: creating a knowledge hub on the scale of sexual violence in conflict, and effective responses by the UN and partners.


The Get Cross – Stop Rape Now Campaign

Explain the issue and the crossed-arm gesture to your friends, classmates, and colleagues. Take a photograph of yourself displaying the X gesture and add it to our global photo map. Facebook, blog, and tweet this website and the Get Cross! campaign, add a link to your personal or professional webpage to help spread the word, or make your own Stop Rape Now video like these students from the University for Peace:

About Say NO

Say NO – UNiTE to End Violence against Women is a social mobilization platform on ending violence against women and girls, contributing towards UN Secretary General’s system -wide campaign, UNiTE to End Violence against Women. Launched in November 2009 by UN Women, Say NO – UNiTE showcases advocacy efforts and engages people from all walks of life, online and on the ground.


One in three women and girls experience physical or sexual violence from men in their lifetime. It happens everywhere – at home and at work, on the streets and in schools, during peacetime and in conflict. Violence against women and girls has far- reaching consequences, harming families and communities, stunting human development, and undermining economic growth. Everyone has a role to play in combating this global pandemic; the time to act together is NOW.


Building upon the momentum generated during its first phase when 5,066,549 people signed on to a global petition to make ending violence against women a top priority worldwide, Say NO – UNiTE has since then gone on to recording more than 5 million actions from people around the world. Heads of States, Ministers and Parliamentarians have added their names to support the initiative, and 60 Governments have announced national commitments to end violence against women and girls.


Say NO – UNiTE to End Violence against Women is an expanding global coalition of individuals, organizations, governments and the private sector to realize a vision that is ambitious, but must never be impossible – a future that is free from violence against women and girls.


Starting from December 2013, Say NO – UNiTE will move from this website and continue showcasing your actions through Facebook and Twitter. For the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, from 25 November – 10 December, we will focus on a single action – together with you, we will Orange the World in 16 Days.

Join us on

Follow @SayNO_UNiTE on Twitter

About UN Trust Fund

The UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women has announced USD 8 million in grants to 17 initiatives in 18 countries and territories. First-time grant recipients include organizations from Antigua and Barbuda, Mauritania, Myanmar and Kosovo (under UNSCR 1244).


These new grants are expected to reach 2.3 million beneficiaries between 2014 and 2017. “Violence against women and girls can be systematically addressed, and, with persistence, eliminated. The UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women is dedicated to doing just this,” said Ms. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women. “Working with partners across the world, the Fund supports concrete action toward a world free of violence. The support of governments, corporations, foundations and individuals is crucial in achieving this goal.” 


The UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women is accepting applications for its 18th grant cycle (2013) from civil society organizations and networks—including non-governmental, women’s and community-based organizations and coalitions and operational research institutions—government authorities at the national and local levels, and UN Country Teams in partnership with governments and civil society organizations.


The deadline for submission of applications is 22 January 2014, 23.59 EST (GMT–5).


All applications must be submitted online. The UN Trust Fund will not accept applications submitted via e-mail, regular post and/or facsimile.


For full details about the application process, please consult the following documents:

The online application will be available from 25 November 2013 until 22 January 2014 at

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