Dudziro Nhengu
Posted June 25, 2015 from Zimbabwe
Peter Ngarize, UN Women Admin Associate
Peter Ngarize, UN Women Admin Associate (1/17)

It was not business as usual at the United Nations (UN) complex today as Delphine Serumaga led her staff to paint the whole compound orange. All staff and visitors were wearing orange to mark the UN Secretary General's Campaign, UNiTE to End Violence against Women. The Campaign has proclaimed the 25th of each month as ‘Orange Day’, a day to raise awareness and take action against violence against women and girls. As a bright and optimistic colour, orange represents a future free from violence against women and girls, for the UNiTE Campaign. Initiated and led by the UNiTE campaign Global Youth Network, Orange Day calls upon activists, governments and UN partners to mobilize people and highlight issues relevant to preventing and ending violence against women and girls, not only once a year, on 25 November (the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women), but every month.

Michelle Gudo, EVAW Specialist with UN Women Zimbabwe confirmed that some t-shirts were taken to different places in town, including the remand prison to mark orange day. Between 1 and 2pm people on the streets of Harare who were wearing orange received oranges from the UN family members to encourange them to go orange every 25tyh day of the month.

Well done Michelle, well done UN Women!

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Drew Dakessian
Jun 30, 2015
Jun 30, 2015

Chibairo, thank you for your post. It really made me feel like I was right there, witnessing 'Orange Day' playing out in Zimbabwe. (Orange, coincidentally, happens to be my favorite color, because as you said, it is an optimistic color.) Particularly compelling, too, are the pictures you have published along with your post. I know you're a citizen journalist, so I'm assuming you took these photos yourself — Well done! They make your writing even more accessible. Out of curiosity, how did you manage to interview Michelle Gudo?

Dudziro Nhengu
Jul 01, 2015
Jul 01, 2015


I did not take the pictures myself, they are courtesy of UNDP. I work with Michelle Gudo, thats how I was able to interview her.