Every 25 November is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, established in 1999 by the United Nations General Assembly. The day is also known as Orange Day because the colour orange is worldly recognised by UN Women to symbolise a future without violence against women.
The date is meant to commemorate the Mirabal sisters, three political activists living in the Dominican Republic who fell victims of an attack by agents of the Military Intelligence Service on 25 November 1960. To celebrate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, this year Eni adopted the butterfly as a symbol in memory of the Mirabal sisters, who went down in history as Las Mariposas (“the butterflies”). The name encrypts their role as activists, because they were as free as butterflies. The orange butterfly is also the symbol of Eni's internal communication campaign #IoConLei.
Respect for human rights is at the core of Eni's mission. Through its Code of Ethics, Eni is committed to ensuring that its working environment is free from all forms of discrimination or harassment.
This year, Eni's commitment to raising awareness of this issue took various forms, e.g. an Help Desk for harassment issues for all employees, the anti-violence toll-free number 1522, which appeared on stickers on Enjoy car sharing, on the windows of the Plenitude flagship stores, on the displays of Eni Stations throughout Italy and also in the Enjoy and AGI (Agenzia Giornalistica Italiana) apps.
Note: 1522 is a public service promoted by the Presidency of the Council – Department for Equal Opportunities.The number is free of charge and active 24 h a day.
Goal n.5: gender equality and goal n.10: reduced inequalities of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) inspire our actions and our commitment to a “Just energy transition”.
Women and girls continue to suffer discrimination and violence across the world. Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary condition for a prosperous, sustainable and peaceful world.
Violence against women is not only a crime, is the most widespread and pervasive human rights violation. There is a red thread that embraces two significant anniversaries. On one hand, 25 November commemorates the fight against "any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual, or mental harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life" (UN Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women 1993); on the other, 10 December celebrates the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Between those two dates, the UN UNiTE campaign for the elimination of violence against women by 2030, launched in 2008, takes place. “Sixteen days of activism against gender-based violence", a global movement that gives shape to various solidarity causes and calls for reflection on what the UN has called “not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world”, namely gender equality.
Equal opportunities must be ensured by eliminating discriminatory laws, policies and practices. Orderly and safe migration and mobility must be facilitated, through a migration policy.
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