GRANquinte echoes UN’s call for activism to end violence against women and girls

A Quinte region advocacy group built of grandmothers is asking the public to participating in a United Nations intiative that recognizes and calls for the end of gender-based violence and sexual assault.

GRANquinte is answering the call of the United Nations to participate in 16 Days of Activism to End Violence Against Women and Girls, an annual international effort to draw attention to sexual and gender-based violence.  It is a time to galvanize action by governments and citizens to eradicate such violence. The global campaign begins November 25th and continues to December 10th and has come to be known as the Orange Campaign, the bright and optimistic colour having been chosen to represent a future free of violence.  

Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today. It affects women of all backgrounds.  It happens everywhere.  This year, as the world retreated inside homes due to lockdown measures introduced to curb the COVID19 pandemic, reports from the front lines have shown an alarming increase in the already existing pandemic of violence against women.

To launch the 2020 Campaign, GRANquinte, United Nations Association(Quinte) and Three Oaks Foundation collaborated to present a live webinar, STANDING TOGETHER AGAINST GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE, on November 4th that encouraged discussion and action towards eradicating gender-based violence in our local communities.  

Members of GRANquinte say “Everyone has a role to play in the Campaign”. 

You can wear something orange for the 16 days as a symbol of hope and resolve and explain why.  Decorate your home, office or business in orange.  Reach out on social media to let others know you are participating in an international movement.  Donate to local organizations supporting victims of violence.  Speak up about cyber violence.

Be proud that you are standing with communities in countries around the world planning orange-related activities to shine a spotlight on the pandemic of violence against women and girls.

You can learn more about GRAN and its work at www.grandmothersadvocacy.org  

-Staff