FAO Liaison Office in New York

FAO stands with Generation Equality to oppose rape


FAO is taking a stand against sexual and gender-based violence by participating in the UN Secretary-General’s campaign: UNiTE by 2030 to End Violence against Women.

On 25 November, FAO attended the official commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women at the UN Headquarters in New York. This event kicked off 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence under the umbrella of the Generation Equality campaign. Marking the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, this year’s celebrations focus on stamping out rape culture under the theme “Orange the World: Generation Equality Stands Against Rape!”.

The FAO Liaison Office in New York joined forces with the respective offices from the International Fund for Agricultural Development and the World Food Programme to support the campaign by producing a family photo with colleagues dressed in orange and holding UNiTE posters.

“Sexual and gender-based violence can affect anyone, regardless of their social or economic status. UN agencies are resolved to address the issue with a systematic approach.”, stated Carla Mucavi, Director of the FAO Liaison Office in New York.

FAO’s support of sustainable livelihoods for people in rural and agricultural settings, is always delivered with safety and dignity in mind. To reduce instances of sexual and gender-based violence, FAO is in favor of developing and taking up multi-sectoral livelihoods programmes that address social and economic issues.

The UNiTE campaign will run from 25th November to 10 December 2019.