Tomorrow (25th April) is #OrangeDay, a day to raise awareness and take action against violence against women and girls. Previously only once a year (25th November, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women), the United Nations Secretary-General’s Campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women established “Orange Day” on the 25th of each month to continue to raise awareness and take action.
Both the HeForShe campaign and the UNiTE campaigns are urging men and boys to take part and take action in these days to stand together with women and girls. Men and boys have a responsibility and a large role to play in changing societal and cultural norms, starting with speaking out against violence against women. Thus, the cooperation of men and women in changing attitudes, beliefs, and behaviours is integral in reaching a world without violence against women.
The HeForShe campaign was set up by UN Women to engage men and boys in the conversation of gender quality, and is particularly helpful in providing a starting point for men and boys who have an interest in advocating for gender equality and women’s rights. This campaign engages with the issues that men and boys face due to the prescribed gender roles and as a result aim to liberate both men and women from these gender roles.
What can you do on #OrangeDay?
- Wear Orange!
- Encourage men and boys to speak out against violence against women!
- Become a HeForShe! Join the community at: http://www.heforshe.org/#take-action
- Start a conversation! Talk about it, make it known, make your opinion known.
- Share it on social media!
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