A staggering one in three women has experienced physical or sexual violence – a pandemic of global proportions. We must say “No!” and UNiTE to End Violence against Women.
From November 25 -December 10, join the United Nations’ UNiTE campaign and the Grandmothers Advocacy Network (GRAN) and help to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls around the world.
The campaign uses the colour orange as a unifying theme that symbolizes a brighter future. It includes a global initiative to light up buildings in symbolic support for the goals of the campaign and it calls on all people world-wide to “Orange the World” and step up efforts to eliminate violence against women and girls. Vancouver City Hall and sails at Canada Place will be lit orange on November 25th, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
This year, I am supporting the Grandmothers Advocacy Network (GRAN) and working to grow awareness and engagement across Canada. GRAN has asked me to wear orange in Parliament on November 25th and I invite you to join me and to learn more about what you can do to help.
Posted below are four quick pathways to becoming more engaged in the global effort to end violence against women:
1) Wear something orange and participate in a local event: GRAN is hosting a Panel Discussion titled “Grandmothers Matter! A Panel Discussion on the Human Rights of Older Women” on November 29th at the Vancouver YWCA.
Thank you for your support with this initiative and please do not hesitate to reach out to my office to share your story or if you require any assistance.