GLGOU joins “Orange the World” to end gender-based violence
Noting the effects of violence and the impact it has on the nation, members of the Guyana Local Government Officers Union (GLGOU) have joined in the observance of International Day for the Elimination of Violence
As part of their commemoration activity, representatives and members of GLGOU, assembled on the lawns of the Georgetown Mayor and City Council, (M&CC) yesterday and released orange balloons to raise awareness about the scourge.
This year, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Unite to end Violence against women campaign has extended a global invitation to “Orange the World,” using the colour designated by the UNiTE campaign to symbolize a brighter future without violence.
The campaign encourages individuals, organizations and companies to organize events to orange streets, schools and landmarks.
According to the United Nations report, every one in three women worldwide has experienced physical and sexual abuse mostly at the hands of their physical partners.
“Prevention” is the 2015 theme of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
The Unite to End Violence against Women Campaign is a 16-day call for action.
“From 25 November through 10 December, Human Rights Day, the 16 days of activism against gender based violence aim to raise public awareness and mobilizing people everywhere to bring about change.
In her statement to mark this year’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, said, “If we all work together: governments, civil society organizations, the UN system, businesses, schools, and individuals mobilizing through new solidarity movements, we will eventually achieve a more equal world—a Planet 50-50—where women and girls can and will live free from violence”.
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