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“Orange Action”- 16 days of Activism

On 10th of December the world marks the International Human Rights Day[1]. This is the day when the United Nations, together with many different organizations and institutions remind the world about the importance of respecting the human rights which lead to one equal society based on democratic values.

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This year’s Human Rights Day is devoted to the launch of a year-long campaign for the 50thanniversary of the two International Covenants on Human Rights: the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which were adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 16 December 1966. “Our Rights. Our Freedoms. Always.” aims to promote and raise awareness of the two Covenants on their 50th anniversary. The year-long campaign revolves around the theme of rights and freedoms — freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear — which underpin the International Bill of Human Rights are as relevant today as they were when the Covenants were adopted 50 years ago.[2]

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The date is also important from one another aspect. It marks the end of the “16 days activism against gender based violence” [3]. This campaigning around the World starts at 25th of November- the International  Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. This day is also known as “Orange Day”. The orange color symbolizes the fight for equality between the genders and the fight for combating violence.  The Orange day puts the women in focus because 1 in 3 women worldwide experienced physical or sexual violence-mostly by an intimate partner. [4]This year, the UN invited the counties around the world to “Orange the world” by on lightening in orange one of their most important national landmarks. This campaign was supported by more than 70 countries[5], including Macedonia.

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On 25th of November the Stone Bridge in Skopje was colored in orange. [6] Beside this campaign and initiative of the mission of the United Nations in Skopje, other organization and networks got involved in these actions. Zonta Club Skopje [7] organized round trip around the country with the orange bus that included panel discussions and many other activities for awareness raising among the general population.  The National Network to End Violence against women and Domestic Violence in their campaign stress the fact we must fight against this problem 365 days in the year. [8]

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And that’s true- we must speak up about this issue every day, everywhere!

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Sources:

[1] http://www.un.org/en/events/humanrightsday/

[2] http://www.un.org/en/events/humanrightsday/

[3] http://www.unwomen.org/en/what-we-do/ending-violence-against-women/take-action/16-days-of-activism

[4] http://www.unwomen.org/en/digital-library/multimedia/2015/11/infographic-violence-against-women

[5] http://www.un.org/en/women/endviolence/orangeday.shtml

[6] http://makfax.com.mk/makedonija/opstestvo/stavi-tocka-kameniot-most-zasveti-vo-portokalovo-vo-poddrska-na-kampanjata-protiv-nasilstvoto-vrz-zenite

[7] https://www.facebook.com/zontaclubskopje/?fref=ts

[8] http://www.radiomof.mk/semejno-nasilstvo/

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