UNiTE Artists Network

The origin of the UNiTE Artists Network 

In order to unite to put an end to violence against women and girls 28 artists from Latin America and the Caribbean were invited to participate in a workshop that was held in Panama from 28 to 30 September 2011.

The participating artists became spokespersons of the Campaign and called on their communities for the creation and maintenance of cultures based on equality and peace.
The objective of the Artists Workshop UNiTE to end to violence against women was to create a platform for artists to give visibility to the campaign, with original messages, committed and original.

A participatory methodology was developed, so that the work was interactive and creative, and leading to the development of projects and works of art based on the message of the campaign. We worked from dynamic discussions and working groups in various disciplines. 

The Workshop was an opportunity to reflect on and share this important message, while projects and actions were thought.

Thanks to the involvement and commitment of the artists fruit of this workshop, it was thought to develop the UNiTE Artists Network, and we hope that this community will be a motivation to generate new encounters and proposals in the future. 

Links of interest
All the artists: http://youtu.be/sR0qJNNgIfM
Unetelac:  http://www.youtube.com/user/unetelac  
Gabriela Baca: http://youtu.be/qgoSpfErKrc
Nelly Stharre:  http://youtu.be/6g49gU4-zqM
Paola Villacís: http://youtu.be/b04-8ZZ0qUA
David Rudder http://youtu.be/fEeFzyI6Go0
Gallery: http://www.flickr.com/photos/red_artistas_unete/

Yes, I want to join the UNITE Artists Network 

One in every three women has been, or will experience domestic violence during their lifetime

Violence against women is “unacceptable, intolerable, and inexcusable”, but it is also urgent to eradicate it in order to get democratic societies where equality principle between men and women will be accomplished.

In February 25th, 2008, the United Nations Secretary-General (SG), Ban Ki-moon, launched the UNiTE to end violence against women campaign in response to an international consensus to end violence against women and children. The campaign calls on governments, civil society, women organizations, youth, private sector, artists and media, as well as all the United Nations agencies to join forces to prevent and eliminate violence against women and girls.

The goal is to raise awareness among the public and demanding the State exercises its duty and responsibility to its citizens to achieve an end to impunity and to enforce the laws and increase the provision of resources for comprehensive services for women.

This Campaign extends to 2015, coinciding with the deadline established by the countries for the accomplishment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), linking this way, the achievement to the eradication of violence against women.

It is indispensable to increase public awareness about everyone protagonist of the change; in order to avoid the expansion of a tolerance culture towards violence against women and girls. And it is necessary to call on States’ responsibility to achieve the end of impunity, the enforcement of laws and the resources increasing of integral services for women victims of gender based violence.

UNiTE in Latin America and the Caribbean

On 25th November 2009, it was launched in Guatemala the Regional Chapter of the SG campaign in Latin America. The official opening ceremony was attended by the President of Guatemala, and it had activities as a Knowledge Fair, and a concert that attracted more than 5.000 persons.

One year after, in November 2010, the regional chapter was opened to include the Caribbean region. The launching was in Barbados with a high level opening event, where govern and civil society representatives, artists and important local figures, asked for the public raising awareness  and affective responses from the judicial sector in issues related to gender based violence.

The Latin America and the Caribbean UNiTE Campaign is based on three pillars:


We are today at a turning point to move past talking and start implementing concrete actions. The Secretary-General Campaign UNiTE to end violence against women doesn't just reveal the outrage that abuses against women raise. But it wants also to foster the hope of a better world through public actions and international solidarity.

Contact Details:

Secretary for Latin America and the Caribbean of the Campaign UNiTE to end violence against women.

Address:  Building 128, City of Knowledge, Panama City, Panama. P.O. Box: 0816-1914

UNITE Artists Network 

Barbara Fétis - Coordinator


¡¡ UNiTE and ACT y in our web and social media !!

The Caribbean Office had launched the collaboration with UNiTE Artists ambassadors in 2010 drawn from Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean and they produced a number of PSAs http://caribbean.unwomen.org/en/materials/videos

Barbadian artists Mikey Mercer and Aja and TC have continued to lend their support to the campaign. Aja is one of the UN SG Network of Men Leaders. Updates on the artists are on the website: http://caribbean.unwomen.org/en/our-work/ending-violence-against-women/unite-caribbean-actions

We invite you to offer your Facebook timeline cover to promote the Campaign for as long as you like. See the image below.  This is a great way to diffuse our message and expand the Artist Network.