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ORANGE THE WORLD 2020
January 8 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Orange The World
Say No to Violence Against Women & Children
Orange The World is a global campaign that calls for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and children.
The campaign runs from 25th November, International Day Against Violence Against Women to 10th December, International Human Rights Day, every year. The dates are purposely chosen for their significance. The 16 day period also highlights other important dates : International Women Human Rights Defenders Day on 29th November and World Aids Day on 1st December.
The 2020 narrative for this campaign places even more emphasis on the issue of violence against women and children. The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in lockdowns, job losses, food shortage, economic uncertainty; risk factors which contribute to the rise of cases of violence against women and children. As families try to deal with the stress of uncertainty and enhanced poverty, women and children are seen to be the most vulnerable, as they become victims of physical, sexual, psychological abuse. Civil rights organisations and NGOs have become the ‘other’ frontliners for women and children seeking protection and shelter.
Our Orange The World activities this year highlighted the different types of violence, so that women may be aware that they are, in fact, being abused, and be empowered to seek help. There was also a special session for the children (with their mothers present) on safe and unsafe touch.
The session for children focused on creating awareness about gender-based violence concentrating on the prevention from the OTW 2020 theme: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect. The session was done together with their mothers, there were 4 children and 2 mothers. 1 boy was also included in the activity to create awareness about GBV because it is believed that GBV can only be stopped when all genders work together to fight for it.
For the adults : video presentations of violence against women, explanations of the different types of abuse – physical, sexual, psychological – were followed by focused discussions on what they have learnt and what can be done moving forward.
Outline of the Women’s Program