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January 27, 2014

Orange Days in Lakeview, Oregon

Unite: End Violence Against Women

Marsha Landrith shared this photo of a banner that the Lake County Crisis Center in Lakeview, Oregon will display on the 25th day of each month to mark an Orange Day as a witness calling for the end of violence against women. 

 

How are you observing Orange Days?

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January 13, 2014

Presbyterian Mission Agency goes orange - how about you?

The Presbyterian Mission Agency will observe an Orange Dayon January 24 to witness and advocate for an end of violence against women and children. 

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October 24, 2013

Orange Day: October 25 - safe public spaces for women and girls

Reposted from the UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign

In July last year the Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign proclaimed every 25th of the month as Orange Day. Initiated and led by the UNiTE campaign Global Youth Network, worldwide activities implemented on this day by UN country offices and civil society organizations strive to highlight issues relevant to preventing and ending violence against women and girls, not only once a year, on 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women), but every month.

Under the heading ‘Safe Spaces for Women and Girls ...

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September 24, 2013

Orange Day: September 25 - Safe Schools for Girls

From the Say No UNiTE to End Violence Against Women Campaign

Say No UNiTE logoIn July last year the Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign proclaimed every 25th of the month as Orange Day. Initiated and led by the UNiTE campaign Global Youth Network, worldwide activities implemented on this day by UN country offices and civil society organizations strive to highlight issues relevant to preventing and ending violence against women and girls, not only once a year, on 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women), but every month.

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July 24, 2013

Orange Days in Brick, New Jersey

by Lori Evans

Here is what I did for the Orange Day to end violence against women and girls.

Orange Day logoI went to the Presbyterian Women's group  at my congregation, Brick Presbyterian Church in Brick, New Jersey. I did a presentation and handed out  orange ribbons. I placed an article in our church newsletter and bulletin. I placed flyers all over our church building.  I also talked to our Session.

After talking to my church, I did a five minute presentation at the June Presbytery Meeting. Than I made arrangements to talk to someone at the Brick Town Mayor's ...

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July 20, 2013

Making Cyber Space a Safe Space for Women and Girls

25 July 13 Orange Day logofrom the UNiTE Web page

Find activities and action ideas for the 25 July 2013 Orange Day to make cyber space a safe space for women and girls.

Technological developments in information and communications have presented rich and varied opportunities for advancements in the empowerment and participation of women and girls. New platforms now exist from which to raise awareness and disseminate information which have enabled women access to a wealth of information, presented new modes of communication, and new means of mobilization. The proliferation of digital technologies have enabled the development of innovative tools and programmes to prevent and ...

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July 20, 2013

Cyber Space as Safe Space for Women and Girls - Orange Day, 25 July 2013

25 July 13 Orange Day logofrom the UNiTE Web page with additional material

In July last year the Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign proclaimed every 25th of the month as Orange Day. Initiated and led by the UNiTE campaign Global Youth Network, worldwide activities implemented on this day by UN country offices and civil society organizations strive to highlight issues relevant to preventing and ending violence against women and girls, not only once a year, on 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women), but every month.

Under the heading ‘Safe spaces for women and girls’, this year ...

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June 26, 2013

Three Prayer Concerns - June 26

Sudan
Please pray for all of the refugees and displaced persons in Sudan. Help us to be mindful of the women and children in the refugee camps and the dangerous situations in which they face every day. Help those who have been the victims of abuse and rape at the hands of those who claim to be their friends. One recent report tells of a refugee camp in West Darfur where 7 women, including 3 schoolgirls, one who was only 13 years of age were raped at gunpoint by 9 “pro-government militiamen”.  We pray for the recovery of these women ...

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June 25, 2013

Why I'm wearing orange

by Anna Folz

Why am I wearing Orange?

After graduating from high school I spent a year abroad, most of my time being spent in Guatemala.  I saw so much frustration in the eyes of the woman and children there.  So often family members abused the women and girls. I could see it in the eyes of mothers, in the eyes of young girls.  I worked in a medical clinic and saw the physical trauma they faced on a routine basis. It is so important that we work to provide healthcare for those who are less fortunate, help protect others ...

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June 24, 2013

Ending violence against women and girls in State custody or State care - Orange Day June 2013

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

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 Orange Day and in recognition of International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, the UNiTE campaign highlights State custody and State care as safe spaces for women and girls – spaces where they must be safe from torture or any other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment.

Three action ideas from ...

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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.

Orange Day Banner

On the 25th of each month, join the UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign and orange your day!

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April 1, 2013

From Hurt to Hope: Women of the Church Confronting Institutional Violence

Women of faith are reinterpreting the traditional understandings of sacred texts of Christianity to challenge violence condoned and promoted within the church.  What can we learn from such efforts about confronting all forms of institutional violence?

On 6 March 2013, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Presbyterian Women in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Young Women’s Leadership Development of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Presbyterian Women Aotearoa/New Zealand, and Interfaith Worker Justice co-hosted a parallel event at the 57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women. The event explored Ecumenical Women’s talking point ...

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March 31, 2013

Sung Yeon Choi-Morrow - From Hurt to Hope: Women of the Church Confronting Institutional Violence

Sung Yeon Choi-Morrow shares her work confronting economic violence against women through the organization Interfaith Worker Justice at the parallel event From Hurt to Hope: Women of the Church Confronting Institutional Violence at the 57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women.

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March 31, 2013

Mary Ann Pedde - From Hurt to Hope: Women of the Church Confronting Institutional Violence

Mary Ann Pedde shares her work confronting the institution of the legal system vis a vis violence against women at the parallel event From Hurt to Hope: Women of the Church Confronting Institutional Violence at the 57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women.

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March 31, 2013

Ann Rhee Menzie - From Hurt to Hope: Women of the Church Confronting Institutional Violence

The Rev. Ann Rhee Menzie shares the story of her work confronting institutional violence against women in the church at the parallel event From Hurt to Hope: Women of the Church Confronting Institutional Violence at the 57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women.

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March 31, 2013

Ola Leasi - From Hurt to Hope: Women of the Church Confronting Institutional Violence

Ola Leasi, Presbyterian Women Aotearoa/New Zealand, presents her story of how culture can be violent towards women the parallel event From Hurt to Hope: Women of the Church Confronting Institutional Violence at the 57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women.

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March 31, 2013

Biblical reflection - From Hurt to Hope: Women of the Church Confronting Institutional Violence

Pamela Tankersley, of Presbyterian Women Aotearoa/New Zealand, presents an interactive look at John 8:1-11 at the the parallel event From Hurt to Hope: Women of the Church Confronting Institutional Violence at the 57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women.

 

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March 31, 2013

Exegesis - From Hurt to Hope: Women of the Church Confronting Institutional Violence

The Rev. Carmen Torres, Presbyterian Women, and Alex Zareth, Young Women’s Leadership Development Field Staff for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) present an exegesis of the Biblical story of John 8:1-11 at the parallel event From Hurt to Hope: Women of the Church Confronting Institutional Violence at the 57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women.

 

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March 31, 2013

Scripture reading - From Hurt to Hope: Women of the Church Confronting Institutional Violence

The Rev. Laetitia Wells, Presbyterian Women, reads John 8:1-11 at the parallel event From Hurt to Hope: Women of the Church Confronting Institutional Violence at the 57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women.

 

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March 31, 2013

Opening - From Hurt to Hope: Women of the Church Confronting Institutional Violence

Sheila Louder, Vice Moderator for Presbyterian Women in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), welcomes attendees to the parallel event From Hurt to Hope: Women of the Church Confronting Institutional Violence at the 57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women. Pamela Tankersly and Ola Leasi, from Presbyterian Women Aotearoa/New Zealand bring greetings and a song.

 

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March 31, 2013

Commitments - From Hurt to Hope: Women of the Church Confronting Institutional Violence

Conversation at PCUSA parallel event 57th session CSWParticipants in From Hurt to Hope: Women of the Church Confronting Institutional Violence, the parallel event at the Commission on the Status of Women, discussed what they had heard in small groups and then shared their commitments on how they would follow up at home. Commitments included:

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November 27, 2012

Opposing violence against women - a prayer

This prayer of the day for International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women was composed by The Rev. Sarah Henkel and offered at the White Plains Presbyterian Church. It originally appeared on Pastor Jeff's Blog.

It is reprinted here with permission and in the hope that others will use or adapt the prayer as we work for an end to violence against women.

Creator God,

You are God of hope and new life; God of healing and restoration.  You are the beginning and the end, the One who walks with us through all of life and for ...

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November 26, 2012

Going orange to end violence against women and girls

November 25 was the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon invites the world to join  the UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign on the 25th of every month by observing an Orange Day.

Several Presbyterian congregations took action and bore witness for an end to violence against women on November 25:

White Plains Presbyerian Church in orange

 

 

White Plains Presbyterian Church heard a sermon  "The Way Things Are Is Not How They Have to Be" by the Rev. Jeffrey Geary and congregation members wore orange.

 

 

 

United Presbyterian Church of West Orange

 

 

 

Worshipers at the United Presbyterian Church of West Orange ...

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September 19, 2012

September 25 - Observe an Orange Day - Call for an end to violence against women and girls

Orange Day BannerOn September 25 observe an Orange Day – a day to say no and to work for an end to violence against women and girls. Here are some ways to mark this day:

Pray

Advocate

Act

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August 27, 2012

How do you help tell our story?

Bulletin board with information about Presbyterian Ministry at the United NationsAt Wellshire Presbyterian Church in Denver this morning, I noticed the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations bulletin board. It includes a print out of our email newsletter, Discipleship in the Global Community, as well as other information about our work and the resources we provide.

Note the orange ribbon to mark 25 August - an Orange Day to say end violence against women and girls

How do you help tell our story?

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August 21, 2012

Orange Days: Say No – End Violence Against Women and Girls

Orange Day BannerOn the 25th of each month – join people around the world in observing an Orange Day to work and witness for an end to violence against women and girls. Read the most recent Orange Day stories.

One of the most widespread violations of human rights, violence against women and girls includes physical, sexual, psychological and economic abuse. It cuts across boundaries of age, race, culture, wealth and geography. It takes place in the home, on the streets, in schools and workplaces, in farm fields and refugee camps, and during conflicts and crises.

Violence against women and girls takes many ...

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July 25, 2012

Orange Day says end violence against women

Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations staff on Orange DayThe UNiTE campaign proclaims every 25th of the month as Orange Day, aiming to raise awareness about the issue of violence against women and girls, not only once a year on 25 November (the International Day to End Violence against Women), but every month!

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign aims to prevent and eliminate violence against women and girls in all parts of the world.

UNiTE brings together a host of UN agencies and offices to galvanize action across the UN system to prevent and punish violence against women.

Through UNiTE, the ...

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