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The annual 16 days of activism against violence towards women was launched today.
The 16-day campaign spanning from November 25 to December 10 addresses violations of women’s rights and gender equalities.
The City of Adelaide alongside other LGA’s will be lighting iconic landmarks across the state in orange as a call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls.
Inspired by the United Nations UNiTE campaign, “Orange the World: End Violence against Women Now!” The National Council of Women South Australia will be lighting up the icons in Adelaide, as the city joins countries, towns and rural areas across the world, to provide a symbol of a brighter future, free from violence against women and girls.
The mission of the campaign is to challenge the drivers of violence against women and girls, making it unacceptable to be violent, whilst promoting women’s independence and decision making, and encouraging equal and respectful relationships.
Among the buildings and structures sporting an orange glow at different times over the next sixteen nights, are Adelaide Town Hall, Adelaide Oval, Lot Fourteen, Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide Entertainment Centre, River Torrens footbridge and messaging on the SA Power Networks Billboard (1 Anzac Highway).
For those wanted to get more involved the City of Onkaparinga has a jam-packed calendar of events spread across the 16 days, including sport and recreational events, awareness BBQs and dawn vigils.
Whilst the gravity of ending gender-based violence far outweighs what can be covered in 16 days the initiative calls women to find their strength to fight together, every day of the year.
Gender-based violence won’t end in 16 days, but actions such as 16 Days of Activism brings awareness to the cause leading to progress.
Statistics show that 1 woman a week loses her life and 1 in 4 women have experienced emotional abuse by their current or former partner in Australia.
If you or someone you know are experiencing domestic violence contact Women’s Information Service or call the 24 hour DV crisis line on 1800 800 098