Orange day is an international campaign to mobilize people and highlight issues relevant to preventing and ending violence against women and girls. In 2018, the French Committee for UN Women led a large campaign and encouraged everyone to take action.
Orange Day, 16 days of activism - #16jours
Each year, the French Committee for UN Women launches the Orange Day campaign to end violence against women and girls. The campaign galvanized civil society actors to raise awareness, organize forums to talk about challenges and solutions regarding violence and raise funding to end it. The Orange Day campaign lasts for 16 days, starting on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and ending on 10 December, the Human Rights Day. The color orange symbolizes a brighter future and fairer world free from violence against women and girls.
“Hear the voice of every women” - #ToutesLesFemmes
In 2018, the campaign of the French Committee for UN Women focused on women and girls that are the most exposed to violence and may face multiple discrimination based on disability, age, migration background, or positive serology. Launched before the movement #MeToo and sharing the same willingness to mobilize, the large-scale initiative driven by the French Committee aims at directing the attention on the most discriminated women who suffer violence.
- More than half of women with disabilities suffered abuse versus one third of other women (UN, 2015).
- In France, more than one in two young women (58%) declares having suffered violence in public space (survey on violence and gender relationships, Virage, 2015)
- It is estimated that at least one in five refugee or displaced women suffers sexual violence (United Nations Social and Economic Council, 2014).
Orange the world to symbolize a brighter future and a fairer world - #OrangeTheWorld
Illuminating iconic monuments in orange serves as a means to raise awareness among a new audience and disseminate the message of zero tolerance towards violence against women and girls. In France, the UNESCO Globe, as well as monuments in Dijon, Le Havre, Le Mans, Paimpol, Nizza and Ajaccio were illuminated. Paris also showed its solidarity in the presence of the Mayor, Ms. Anne Hidalgo, who hosted the award ceremony for the Orange Day Champions on 23 November. The Paris “Hôtel de Ville” (City Hall) was also illuminated in orange.
Orange Day Champions, to promote and support good practices - #ODChampions
From 25 September to 25 October, universities, local public authorities and companies applied to be elected “Orange Day Champion”. They presented concrete actions that they implement all year long to eliminate violence against women in all segments of society.
The French Committee for UN Women highlights these initiatives by rewarding engaged actors who have a real impact. Their actions were celebrated during the award ceremony that took place at Paris City Hall on 23 November 2018 when Céline Mas, President of the French Committee for UN Women and Sandrine Boucher, Director of Innovation at Agence Française de Développement (French Development Cooperation Agency) revealed 2018 Orange Day Champions:
- City halls of Le Mans, Lille, Paris, and Paris 19th arrondissement (district)
- Prefecture of Meuse,
- Universities of Bretagne Sud, Bordeaux Montaigne, Tours, Le Havre
Normandie, Rennes 1, Rennes 2, Aix-Marseille, Brest, Côte d’Azur (UCA), INSA Rennes (Engineering School), Ecole normale supérieure Rennes, Ecole nationale supérieure de chimie Rennes, Ecole des hautes études en santé publique Rennes
- Companies: Carrefour, Franprix and Monoprix
A call for the general mobilization - #TousUnis
Each year, the UN Secretary-General leads the UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign managed by UN Women. The UN and its Member States encourage the UNiTE partners to host events with local, national, regional and global women’s movements, survivor advocates and women human rights defenders and create opportunities for dialogue between activists, policy-makers and the public. The campaign also aims at raising funds to implement concrete programs on the field to eliminate gender-based violence.
Each citizen may join the movement and demonstrate her/his refusal of gender-based violence:
- By wearing orange clothes or accessories and posting photos on social networks with the hashtags #OrangeDayFR et #OrangeTheWorld #ToutesLesFemmes
- By donating to the French Committee for UN Women (Comité ONU Femmes France) to support programs to eliminate gender-based violence
- By organizing an orange event (conference, gala evening, sport event) in your company, school, city or association to celebrate the International Day to Eliminate Violence against Women
- By following the Orange Day Champions, local authorities, universities or companies that take concrete actions to end gender-based violence
« Individual initiatives around the world bring the Orange Day campaign to life. Each one of us may have an impact. Donating, even a few Euros, to the French Committee for UN Women, supports field programs and contribute to eliminate gender-based violence. A world free from violence is the world that we want to create through our common initiatives. » concluded Céline Mas, president of the French Committee for UN Women.