orange ribbon day
Today is orange ribbon day. It is the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
It takes place during a 16 day campaign against on gender-based violence between 25th November and 10th of December
And ask us to – turn the world orange!
The U. N. website states:
Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today.
“Gender inequality persists worldwide. Achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls will require more vigorous efforts, including legal frameworks, to counter deeply rooted gender-based discrimination that often results from patriarchal attitudes and related social norms. … From 2005 to 2016 for 87 countries, 19 per cent of women between 15 and 49 years of age said they had experienced physical and/or sexual violence by an intimate partner in the 12 months prior to the survey. In the most extreme cases, such violence can lead to death. In 2012, almost half of all women who were victims of intentional homicide worldwide were killed by an intimate partner or family member, compared to 6 per cent of male victims.”
The orange ribbon campaign aims to raise public awareness and mobilise people everywhere to bring about change.
You can find out more here>>
Wear an orange ribbon or some orange clothing today, and tell people about the campaign.