Join the movement to end violence against women, and help mobilize your family, friends, and community members to take action this August 25th! The United Nations has proclaimed the 25th day of every month as "Orange Day"-- A day for people to raise awareness and prevent violence against women. What will YOU do this 25th? Here are a few ideas:
#IWearOrangeBecause Photo Campaign
Take a photo of yourself with a sign that explains why you are wearing orange, and support the campaign to end violence against women! Then post it to all of your social media outlets, like Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Tumblr, using the hashtag #IWearOrangeBecause.
#OrangeDay Video Campaign
Shoot a video of yourself (around 30 seconds) answering the question "What does a future free of violence against women and girls mean to you?" And post the link on Twitter, Facebook, and other social media outlets on the 25th!
Voices Against Violence Campaign
If you have more time to commit, then check out this curriculum put together by UN Women and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts for youth aimed at providing them with the tools and knowledge to not only increase their awareness on the causes of violence, but also prevention of it and access to support if they or someone close to them ever experiences it. Organize a workshop in your community!
The UN's Secretary General launched the campaign UNiTE to end violence against women in 2009 to help channel the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign that began in 1991. These 16 days begin on November 25th, which is the International Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women, and runs through December 10th, International Human Rights Day. While women around the world took momentous steps in advancing the fight for women's rights in these 16 days, the Secretary General recognized that it wasn't enough. We need to take action more often. Thus, he declared thatthe 25th ofeverymonth should be a day of action, where women and their allies wear orange and mobilize their communities.