The world went orange: Putting a spotlight on ending violence against women
Every year, from 25 November to 10 December, activists around the world campaign to end violence against women, as part of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. The international campaign has its roots in the feminist movement, and started at the Center for Women’s Global Leadership, Rutgers University, USA, in 1991.
Kicking off on the International Day to end violence against women (25 November) and concluding on the International Day of Human Rights (10 December), the campaign shows violence against women is a human rights violation. This year, the UN marked the 16 Days of Activism by bringing together leaders, activists and communities around the world under the theme, “Orange the World: Generation Equality Stands against Rape”, calling for an end to rape and rape culture. Orange is the colour of the United Nations campaign on ending violence against women, led by the UN Secretary-General.
From orange billboards in Times Square, New York, to arenas in Colombia and federal buildings in Austria lit in orange light, events in Mozambique and street campaigns in Serbia, people from all walks of life took a stand against rape culture, sparked public dialogues and listened to survivors.
Take a look at some of our favourite moments from the #16days.
Montecitori Palace in Rome goes orange
Luci arancioni su Palazzo Montecitorio per la Giornata internazionale per l'eliminazione della #violenzasulledonne. *** @unitednations @unwomen #OrangeTheWorld #stopviolenceagainstwomen #GenerationEquality #stopviolenzasulledonne #OpenCamera #CameradeiDeputati
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In Italy, the Montecitori Palace, which serves as the seat of Italian Chamber of Deputies glowed in orange light.
Marching for the cause in Albania
Young people and representatives of non-governmental organizations and media, marched at the main square of Elbasan, a city in central Albania, to call for the elimination of violence against women and girls and raise awareness about the issue.
In Egypt, Bibliotheca Alexandrina goes orange
In Alexandria, UN Women in partnership with the National Council for Women and Bibliotheca Alexandrina commemorated the 16 days of activism at Bibliotheca Alexandrina, where library staff and guests stood on its steps and lit the building in orange.
Pristina’s public library joins the cause
We kicked off the #16Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence" by Oranging the Public Library "Pjeter Bogdani" in Pristina, to raise awareness against violence against women and girls.#16Days #OrangetheWorld #endrape pic.twitter.com/MHU3yydhc2— UN Women Kosovo (@unwomenkosovo) December 2, 2019
In Kosovo, the “Pjeter Bogdani” went orange was lit in orange to spread awareness of the 16 Days of Activism and the need to eliminate violence against women.
Celebrating activism in Mozambique
In Chongoene district in southern Mozambique, three generations from one community performed a dance to open the commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and 16 Days of Activism. The event included drumming, the recitation of poems, a play and a discussion on violence against women.
Public spaces go orange in Serbia
In Serbia, UN Women launched a street campaign to raise awareness about the prevalence of gender-based violence by branding public buses in Belgrade, Novi Sad, Nis and Kragujevac with messages and key statistics on violence against women. Other bustling parts of these cities were decorated with posters and videos.
Encouraging safe transit in Uganda
500 Boda drivers took part to the @GlobalSpotlight-supported Safe Boda ride in Uganda during the #16days of activism against gender-based violence!— Spotlight Initiative (@GlobalSpotlight) December 9, 2019
Together, we can #SpotlightEndViolence
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In Uganda, 500 Boda drivers came together and dressed in orange to ride for the cause of ending all forms of violence against women.
Amplifying the voices of survivors in New York
The official commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women took place at UN Headquarters in New York on 25 November. The event brought together prominent speakers and musical performances to call on preventing and ending violence against women and girls.
Going orange to raise awareness in United Arab Emirates
Watch the world’s tallest building @burjkhalifa turn orange tonight in support of #OrangetheWorld. #UAE continues to champion #women’s rights and advocates their advancement in all sectors.#16Days#GenerationEquality @UN_Women @DXBMediaOffice @UN_UAE @WAMNEWS_ENG pic.twitter.com/gqQxVrDzg5— UN Women in UAE (@unwomenuae) November 25, 2019
The world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa, glowed in orange in Dubai, UAE to raise awareness of women’s rights and the need to eliminate all forms of violence against women.
Coming together for the cause in Ecuador
Women,men, activists, leaders, non-governmental organizations came together in Ecuador took part in the “Live We Want” March to call for urgent action to end violence against women and girls.
India’s President answers the call
Today Rashtrapati Bhavan is lit up in orange to raise awareness about violence faced by women the world over. This is part of UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign of the UN. This year the theme of the campaign is “Orange the World: Generation Equality Stands against Rape” pic.twitter.com/SpMxdLMNJD— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) December 10, 2019
Rashtrapati Bhavan, the official residence of the President of India, was lit in orange as the 16 Days of Activism closed to echo the call for an end to rape and sexual violence.
European Commission raises awareness
#OrangeTheWorld! 🧡🌍🧡 . Tonight our headquarters 🇪🇺 are illuminated orange as we stand with #GenerationEquality and say NO to violence against women and girls. . Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today. . ⚠️ 1 in 3 women experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime. It can happen to anyone, anywhere, anytime. There is nothing that justifies it and it is never the target’s fault. . Eradicating Violence against women and girls worldwide is at the 🧡 of the European Union’s development policy. That’s why we launched the €500 million Spotlight Initiative together with the @unitednations - the largest investment of its kind, covering 26 countries across five regions. . Join us and say NO to all forms of violence against women and girls. . 📸 © European Union, 2019 . . . #saynostopvaw #eu4women #spotlightendviolence #sdg5 #genderequality rel="noopener rel="noopener noreferrer" noreferrer" #endviolence rel="noopener noreferrer" #spreadtheword #speakout
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In Brussels, the Berlaymont Building, which serves as the headquarters of the European Commission, was lit in orange to emphasize the European Commission’s commitment to ending all forms of violence against women.
University of Amsterdam goes orange
Today De Brug at our Roeterseiland Campus is lighting up orange in honour of the UN #orangetheworld campaign to stop violence against girls and women. For the next 16 days, the UvA rel="noopener noreferrer" is organising lectures, workshops and other events to increase the conversation and education about this rel="noopener noreferrer" topic. Want to get involved? Check our stories for a link to the events! #16daysofaction
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The University of Amsterdam’s Roeterseiland Campus lit up orange in honour of 16 Days of Activism campaign to stop violence against girls and women. The University also hosted lectures, workshops and other events to increase conversation on the topic.
Cycling to show support in Nepal
Time to support & empower survivors.— UN Women Nepal (@unwomennepal) November 25, 2019
Time for #GenerationEquality to #orangetheworld!
Here are some glimpses from the morning tour by the cyclists in Janakpur. More than 400 participants from the local community gathered today in Janakpur to mark the start of #16days. pic.twitter.com/whXv0VuCoh
In Janakpur, Nepal, more than 400 cyclists came together to mark the 16 Days of Activism and participate in a morning bike tour to raise awareness and show support to the survivors of violence against women.
Commemorating the campaign in Colombia
The Movistar Arena, the most important and modern indoor event arena in Bogotá, glowed in orange to commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
Austria goes orange
For the first time this year, the Federal Chancellery of the Republic of Austria, located in Vienna, went orange to show the countries commitment to eliminating all forms of violence against women.
Marching to end violence in Senegal
UN Women #Senegal marched alongside civil society organizations - scouts, hiking association, youth associations - to say STOP to violence against women and girls. #OrangeTheWorld #GenerationEquality #EnoughIsEnough pic.twitter.com/UnN17PfcZm— UN Women Africa (@unwomenafrica) December 7, 2019
In Senegal, UN Women joined civil society organizations, including youth, to march and call for a stop to all violence against women and girls.