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Nottinghamshire’s Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Chris Cutland is calling on the public to get behind a national campaign by wearing orange and showing their solidarity to end violence against women ahead of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on 25 November.
The leading women’s rights and domestic violence campaigner said it was time for everyone to stop and think about the impact of violence on women across the world, regardless of whether they were personally affected by the issue or not.
“If you’ve never suffered violence at the hands of abuser it can be very easy to switch off and ignore the problem but where would we be if everyone reacted in this way?” she said.
“Violence against women is a global issue and has a detrimental impact on society as a whole, helping to preserve corrupt attitudes towards women that can last for generations. We all have a role to play in standing up against this violence and protecting the right of all women to feel and be safe.”
Her comments came as the United Nations Secretary General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign got underway - an international movement which calls on activists, governments and UN partners to highlight and prevent violence against women.
It holds an “Orange Day” on the 25th of every month encouraging people to wear or feature the symbol orange in their workplace as a visual pledge of their support to end violence against women.
This year, to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the campaign urges people to “Orange the world” by wearing orange, organising orange-themed events and lighting up buildings in orange as a pledge of support for the initiative.
As a bright and optimistic colour, UNiTE says orange represents a future free from violence against women. Its campaign launched on the same day as the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence got underway - an annual initiative which runs from November 25 to December 10 and incorporates a number of key domestic violence awareness events including White Ribbon Day.
“Violence against women is a human rights violation,” said Ms Cutland.
“It is estimated that 35% of women and girls globally experience some form of physical or sexual violence during their lives and in some countries the proportion of victims is much higher. I wholeheartedly support these campaigns, including White Ribbon Day, which draws attention to the horrific experiences of victims of violence and remind us that it is everybody’s responsibility to reject and take action if we are to prevent more injuries and deaths from this terrible crime.
“Wearing orange is a symbol of this rejection and will help keep this issue top of the agenda.”
Notes to editors:
White Ribbon Day, also known as the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, is an event organised by the White Ribbon Campaign encouraging men to take more responsibility for reducing the level for the level of violence against women.
It encourages men and boys to wear a white ribbon as a visible pledge never to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women.
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Posted on Tuesday 24th November 2015