People "orange" neighbourhoods to eliminate violence against women

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People around the world are being encouraged to display the colour orange in their communities to symbolize hope for a future free from violence against women and girls.

The "Orange YOUR Neighbourhood" initiative is being launched by the UN to coincide with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, which is marked annually on 25 November.

The United Nations says that globally, one in three women, that's a total of one billion women, will experience physical or sexual violence at some point in her life.

Riet Groenen is from UN Women, the UN's gender focused agency.

“Violence against women is a very serious problem. It’s a serious human rights violation. It’s happening in every country in the world. It doesn’t make a difference whether you are rich or poor, whether you are educated or not. It’s really an experience which many, many women and girls unfortunately experience.”  (15″)

Violent acts against women are in most cases committed by an intimate partner.

Of all women killed in 2012, almost half died at the hands of a partner or family member.

The HeForShe campaign launched earlier this year by UN Women seeks to reverse that trend.

Its aim is to engage men and boys as advocates of change for the achievement of gender equality and women's rights.

The international day kicks off 16 days of action against gender violence which culminates on Human Rights day on December 10th.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

Duration:  1’30″

 

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