November 29, 2016, by Charlotte Anscombe

#Orangetheworld – fighting against gender-based violence

On Friday 25 November 2016, The University of Nottingham’s Trent Building turned orange in support of the UN’s #OrangetheWorld campaign at the start of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence (GBV).

The 16 Days of Activism is a world-wide campaign which runs each year from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women to 10 December, Human Rights Day. The campaign aims to raise awareness of and speak out against violence against women and girls around the world to effect change.

The University’s involvement in the campaign was initiated by the Human Rights Law Centre (HRLC) at the School of Law in collaboration with Students’ Union groups such as the Women’s Network and the UoN Feminist Society.

In support of the 16 Days and of Nottingham-based charity Equation, HRLC together with the SU, is organising a wide variety of events over the course of the 16 Days, ranging from general fundraising in and around Portland Building to an open forum with speakers and a film screening.

As part of the campaign, HRLC is organising a panel discussion on GBV on the 6 of December to raise awareness about the issue and its victims, as well as drawing attention to actions taken locally to combat GBV (more info available via this link).

“Violence against women and girls is a gross human rights violation” says An Cuypers of HRLC. “Even in 2016, one in three women around the world will experience violence in their lifetime and this needs to change urgently. Local action is crucial to inspire global change and, therefore, we are delighted that the University is willing to take a stance on the matter”.

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