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Orange the World: Ending Violence Against Women and Girls

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November 25th marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, which is the start of a 16-day activism campaign against gender-based violence.

From 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day, the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign is a time to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls around the world. [United Nations]

Violence is a worldwide epidemic that no gender is immune to, but to put this specific trauma against females into perspective: 1 in 3 women worldwide have experienced physical or sexual abuse, in some countries it’s 7 in 10 women. Even more startling, a majority of those abuse cases are committed by someone close to them, many times an intimate partner.

The ripple effect of violence against women has a ripple effect that has global side effects, which is why the United Nations created this awareness day and campaign. As per the UN website:

Violence against women is a human rights violation

Violence against women is a consequence of discrimination against women, in law and also in practice, and of persisting inequalities between men and women

Violence against women impacts on, and impedes, progress in many areas, including poverty eradication, combating HIV/AIDS, and peace and security

Violence against women and girls is not inevitable. Prevention is possible and essential

Violence against women continues to be a global pandemic.

Did you know harmful practices like female genital mutilation still occurs in 29 countries in Africa and the Middle East? An estimated 133 million girls and women have experienced this type of traumatic abuse.

How common is domestic abuse against women? In 2012, a shocking 50% of women killed worldwide were killed by their partners or family. In Calgary alone, domestic violence is on a startling rise, with a heat map being released last week showing just how prominent the pandemic is.

This year’s campaign focuses on ‘Orange the World’. Why the colour orange? For starters, it’s the same reason we chose this colour for our organization, it’s the colour of courage. The United Nations also chose this colour because it’s an optimistic shade representing a future free of violence.

On this day, and every day, help us ‘Orange the World’ and end violence against women. Use #OrangeTheWorld on social media, and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

*If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship, please report it to your local authorities. If you are suffering from trauma and would like help, learn more about our therapy grant program.

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  1. DAVID LUCKE / November 25, 2015

    Hi Amber, Thank you for this blog site. I am on a sort of sabbatical,. Taking time to reevaluate and processing the past three years. I feel I’ve glass ceiling with so many doors opened. I feel fear and self doubt out bout my future. path.
    I want to assure you that I am not at a crisis level, just frustrated and somewhat confused .iam finding no answers from my one on one counsellor at SASCWR. With all due respect she is a book learned 23 year old. At no fault of her own, forunatly for her, doesn’t have the experience to help me with my current status. CJI (community justice initiatives) cater to criminal offenders of all sorts for non- criminal sysyem solutions.For some reason they have the monopoly on the.he only men’s group support available, due to their funding arrangments for a 500,000 population. We are not criminals, nor to we have to make amends to our perpetratos.
    Jeff Bud, the City of Kitchener, and I are investing the time to attempt to create a new sanctioned men’s , modeled more like Paths of Courage, to offer a an a new opportunity for men’s support.
    We know this will not be an easy path, but the need and determination of our movement will create some support wave.
    Commenting on your blog topic, I had lunch with my daughter Emily this week and we discussed your topic.
    Emily is 23, has followed and supported my path of healing from day one. She is very knowing.
    Theo an Kim spoke with her at City Hall during their May 5th visit here.
    Her comment was interesting for her age group, and I quote ” there are very few young women who have not experienced some sort of sexual assault.”
    With this I leave you to your great work.
    kind of need conversation with the TK due to my current state of mind. I would appreciate some direction as I i’M heading south.

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