"Orange your world in 16 days", says UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign

Posted on November 12, 2013 at 04:12 PM

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The UN UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign has called for the 25th of every month to be recognised as “Orange Day” – a day to raise awareness and take action to prevent violence against women and girls. Activists around the world, governments, NGOs and communities have organized Orange Day actions calling for safety from violence at homes, schools, work places and public spaces.

UNiTE is carrying over the themes of Orange Day into the 16 Days of Action, and provides some ideas and information on another way that you can link  your own campaign actions in with the broader international campaign.

They want local organisations to help them “Orange the World in 16 Days”:

“This year, 16 Days of Activism is even more special for Say NO – UNiTE as it marks our next step to build our biggest momentum yet, exclusively on social media. We are counting on you to raise a tsunami of actions on the online platforms you like best. You can count on us to amplify them on social media.”

You can share your actions by posting images and messages on their Facebook wall and your Twitter using the hashtag #orangeurworld.

Here are some event ideas from UNiTE:

  • Organize a panel event in your university, or a talk show with your broadcaster or community radio station.
  • Orange your streets with a flash mob, or walk against violence! Wear orange and carry posters and banners to mark the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence.
  • Organize an Orange Concert with your local musicians and encourage them to promote messages to end violence against women and girls through their music. Invite local women’s organizations to speak about the issue and distribute information about existing laws and services.
  • Organize a film screening or host a “Orange the World” party at your home! Check UN Women’s video library or Say NO – UNiTE YouTube channel for films.

Find out more information about taking part on and off line here.

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