On November 25 societies and governments around the world will celebrate Orange Day, a day aimed at educating citizens on the dangers of violence against women. The goal is to reduce violence towards women.
International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women has roots that go back decades.
The United Nations General Assembly in 1993 issued its Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women to define what it wanted to eliminate. Specifically, the UN declared that any act that results in psychological, physical, or sexual harm to women was a persistent human rights abuse that required attention.
These acts include threats, coercion, or deprivation of liberty of women throughout the world.
To that end, the UN Women Campaign declared November 25th of every year as Orange Day in order to educate the world’s citizens on the issue of violence towards women. Citizens are encouraged to wear the color orange which symbolizes a brighter future for girls and women across the globe.
Violence against woman is a devastating and widespread human rights issue.
This sort of activity manifests itself in multiple ways such as violence towards partners, human or sex trafficking, sexual assault, female genital mutilation, child marriage, and other issues.
OneEighty and other advocacy groups across the world ask you to join us this Orange Day in and strive to eliminate violence against women in all its forms. If you or someone you know is a victim of violence contact OneEighty for assistance.