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16 Days of Activism 2023 – Director raises orange flag

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16 Days of Activism 2023 – Director raises orange flag

Our Director of Services, Loretta Brosnan McDonagh was honoured to be invited to raise the orange flag at ATU Mayo alongside a representative from Castlebar Soroptimists on November 25, to mark the start of #16DaysOfActivism against Gender-Based Violence.
The 16 days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is a is a global campaign, started by activists at the inauguration of the Women’s Global Leadership Institute in 1991. It is used as an organizing strategy by individuals and organisations around the world, and and marks a key international moment to call for an end to violence against women and girls.

The 16 Days of Activism campaign runs from 25th November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) until 10th December, Human Rights Day.

In support of this campaign, the United Nations Secretary-General’s UNiTE by 2030 initiative calls for global action to increase awareness, galvanise advocacy efforts and share knowledge and innovations to help end all types of violence against women and girls. In 2023, the UNiTE campaign theme is Invest to Prevent Violence against Women & Girls.

In Ireland, as in every single country and culture, more action is needed to ensure women in all their diversity live free of violence and coercion. Health impacts of violence can last a lifetime, affecting physical, mental, sexual, and reproductive health.

Read more about 16 Days of Activism here

#OrangeDay and #OrangeTheWorld

On the 25th day of every month, UNiTE mobilizes people around the world to support the #OrangeDay initiative. It calls on people everywhere to wear the colour orange and take action to end violence against women and girls in communities, at home, in public spaces, in schools and workplaces, during conflict and in times of peace.