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April 24, 2013

Orange your day - End violence against women in the workplace


The 25th of every month is an Orange Day to end violence against women and girls.

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On the 25th of each month, join the UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign and orange your day! Here are some ideas for how to observe the day. What will you do?

The UNiTE Campaign is highlighting recommendations from the agreed conclusions of the 57th session of the Commission on the Status of Women in the framework of ‘safe spaces for women and girls’. This month the focus is on ‘Safe Work Places for Women and Girls’.

Three action ideas from UNiTE

ACTION 1: Call on companies to support the Women’s Empowerment PrinciplesWomen's Empowerment Principles Cover

In particular, ask them to:

ACTION 2: Find out what policies are in place at your work place or university

Do they fulfill the recommendation in the Women’s Empowerment Principles on ‘Health, Safety and Freedom from Violence’? If there are gaps, what steps can be taken?

ACTION 3: Orange your work place!

As long as your employer agrees, wear orange to work or university and encourage your colleagues to do the same to show your support for zero tolerance of violence against women and girls in the work place.






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Of course working to end violence against women and girls is not a task for one day a month. Orange Days provide a reminder that, in Christ, we are called and freed to love one another and to pursue justice for all – each day and every day.  


Categories: Commission on the Status of Women, Human Rights, Justice, Women, Young Women

Tags: ending violence against women and girls, orange day, un secretary-general, unite to end violence, violence against women act

  1. Hi Joanne, Great to hear from you. The UNiTE Campaign is really encouraging individuals and groups to create resources specific to their own situations and events. If you check our their Facebook photos page - - you can see some ideas. Best to you and Roy! Mark

    by Mark Koenig

    PC(USA) Staff

    February 17, 2014

  2. Has anyone created a standard orange T-shirt with some sort of "End Violence Against Women" message?

    by Joanne Westin

    February 15, 2014

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