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!