Once again, GRANquinte is answering the call of the United Nations to participate in 16 Days of Activism to End Violence Against Women and Girls, an annual international effort to draw attention to sexual and gender-based violence, one of the most pervasive and egregious human rights violations there is and a time to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls around the world. The global campaign begins November 25th and continues to December 10th. It has come to be known as the Orange Campaign, the bright and optimistic colour having been chosen to represent a future free of violence. This year, as the world retreated inside homes due to the lockdown measures introduced to curb the COVID19 pandemic, reports from the front lines have shown an alarming increase in the already existing pandemic of violence against women.
Since we are unable to hold a vigil, GRANquinte, United Nations Association (Quinte) and Three Oaks Foundation collaborated on a very successful webinar “Standing Together Against Gender-Based Violence”, held on November 4th to launch the Campaign. If you were unable to join the webinar, you can still play a role.
How you can make a difference:
Wear something orange for the 16 days as a symbol of hope and resolve and explain why you are wearing it.
Decorate your home, office, business, church in orange – lights, ribbons, bows, candles……
Donate to local organizations supporting victims of violence.
Orange the world by speaking up against cyber violence.
Be proud that you are standing with communities in 90 countries around the world planning orange-related activities to shine a spotlight on the pandemic of violence against women and girls.