Orange The World. 16 Days of International Activism.
An annual worldwide campaign to bring awareness to and call for prevention & elimination of violence against women and girls.
It was first launched by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership in 1991, and is used as an organizing strategy by individuals and organizations around the world to call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls. Additionally:-
- To raise awareness.
- To strengthen local work around gender-based violence against women.
- To demonstrate the solidarity of women around the world organizing against violence against women.
- To pressure governments to implement tools to eliminate violence against women.
Why 16 days?
The campaign runs from 25th November, International Day Against Violence Against Women to 10th December, International Human Rights Day, every year. The dates are purposely chosen for their significance. The 16 day period also highlights other important dates : International Women Human Rights Defenders Day on 29th November and World Aids Day on 1st December.
Why Orange ?
The colour orange symbolizes a brighter future and a world free from violence against women and children. It’s a colour of hope. It also serves as a means of demonstrating your solidarity against all sorts of violence.
This year, we at Global Shepherds Bhd focus our efforts on human trafficking of women and children. Let us come together for these 16 days and stand up against human trafficking.
The booklet “16 Days of Reflection for the Nation” 16_days_booklet-2019.pdf aims to bring their stories to light. Spare a thought for these innocent victims some who have had their youth, or worse their dignity, cruelly stripped away.
Global Action : Orange The World
Under the leadership of the UN Secretary-General, Guterres, the UNiTE campaign will mark the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, from 25 November to 10 December, under the theme, “Orange the World: Generation Equality Stands against Rape!”
Source : unwomen.org
** UN Women Executive Director’s Statement for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November 2019 **