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What is it?

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women is a campaign launched by the United Nations General Assembly to raise awareness of the fact that women around the world are subject to rape, domestic violence and other forms of violence. It's aim is to highlight that the scale and true nature of these issues are often hidden, as well as highlighting support channels which survivors can use to seek help.

As in previous years, this year's campaign launches 16 days of activism to be concluded on the 10th of December 2021 — the day that commemorates International Human Rights Day. Several public events are being coordinated and iconic buildings and landmarks will be 'oranged' to recall the need for a violence-free future.

The Advice team are also looking to find out if you have had any experiences off campus that made you feel unsafe. Click here to jump ahead and let us know!

This year's theme is

"Orange the World: End Violence Against Women Now!"
#GenerationEquality #orangetheworld #16days #spreadtheword

Did you know?

  • 1 in 3 women and girls experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime, most frequently by an intimate partner.
  • One hundred thirty-seven women are killed by a member of their family every day.
  • Fewer than 40 per cent of the women who experience violence seek help of any sort.
  • By September 2020, 52 countries had integrated prevention and response to violence against women and girls into COVID-19 response plans.
  • Adult women account for nearly half (49 per cent) of all human trafficking victims detected globally.
  • Across five global regions, 82 per cent of women parliamentarians reported having experienced some form of psychological violence while serving their terms.

Abusive Relationships

Domestic abuse can happen to anyone, and it is never okay.

If you think you might be experiencing any form of domestic abuse, reach out and get support. Support is available at all times, not only during an emergency situation.

If domestic abuse is happening to you, it's important to tell someone and remember you're not alone.

For further information about how to identify abuse and how to get support, please visit the page below:

What's happening?

For International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, we will be asking for your thoughts on what makes you feel unsafe whilst away from campus (more on this later!).

We're also giving you the opportunity to create events for the campaign by using the "#orangetheworld" event type. If that's something that might interest you, be sure to reach out to your club or society with your ideas.

Get your thinking caps on, and we look forward to seeing what you do to support your woman+ friends!


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As always, keep your eye on Union House; we always have something going on and #orangetheworld is no different!

Doing our part

Services for survivors of violence

You are never alone. If you have felt threatened, unsafe or need assistance, we're here.

You are not alone

The team at Advice SU would like to know about your experiences off campus that have made you feel unsafe. For example it could be street lighting, reputation of the area, a lived negative experience or reports in the media.

We would love to hear your thoughts, feelings and experiences;
please let us know below:

End online harassment

Online harassment is illegal and is often accompanied by other offences.

Forms can include:

  • Cyberstalking
  • Online impersonation
  • Catfishing
  • Trolling
  • Doxxing
  • Swatting
  • Revenge porn

If you don't feel safe online, are concerned for a friend who might be experiencing harassment or need support please reach out and our team will be there to help you.

Links and Resources

Check out our social media campaign for regular updates throughout the 16 days of campaigning!

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