Violence against women is a global epidemic, a major contributing factor to women’s ill healthm, and requires urgent action. Nearly 35 percent of all women worldwide will experience either intimate-partner or non-partner violence. It is time for the world to take action: a life free of violence is a basic human right, one that every woman, man and child deserves.
In an attempt to bring more attention to this violence, the UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women Campaign proclaimed the 25th of every month as “Orange Day,” a day to take action to raise awareness and prevent violence against women and girls. Activists from around the world have organized Orange Day actions calling for safety from violence at homes, schools, work places and public spaces.
This year, the campaign is even more special. Say NO–UNiTE is counting on the public to raise a tsunami of actions on online platforms. There are campaigns and events planned worldwide and The Sisters of St Francis Center for Active Nonviolence and Peacemaking encourages you to get involved!
One simple way is to wear orange on Nov. 25, take a picture of yourself and post it on the Orange the World Facebook Event page with your message “I wear orange because…”
Become an activist for nonviolence. Make this simple effort to demonstrate your support of this campaign. Who knows how it will spread the message and make a difference in the lives of women around the world?
The Sisters of St. Francis
Anne Martin Phelan, Eileen Golby and Gael Gensler
The Center for Active Nonviolence and Peacemaking
Laura Anderson, Sr. Nancy Miller and Lori Freudenberg