Orange the World For 16 Days of Activism


Josina Machel, step daughter of Nelson Mandela, has this week spoken out to share her experience of domestic abuse. Machel told South Africa's City Press Newspaper of how her boyfriend insulted her and repeatedly punched her in the face – an attack that left her blind in one eye.

Orange the World!

Machel's account comes just a week before the 16 Days Of Activism begins. The campaign starts on the 25th November with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and ends on the 10th December on Human Rights Day.

Using the colour orange, worldwide campaigns will make everyone aware that gender based violence is not acceptable – it makes us all accountable in playing a role to prevent and end violence.

Raising Awareness to Combat Gender Based Violence

Last year, the United Nations Secretary-General's Campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women asked people to Orange the Neighbourhood to raise awareness, this year; they're taking a giant leap further – by asking us to Orange the World!

The statistics on domestic violence in England and Wales are shocking – 2 women on average are killed each week by a partner or ex-partner and 4.6 million women have experienced domestic abuse since the age of 16.

Our Family Law team all too often represent and stand up for the rights of women who have been the victim of abuse or violence at their partner's hands. Jenine Abdo is our Family Law specialist based in Cardiff. She also works with a national women's and domestic violence agency. Jenine explains:

"Sadly, violence and abuse against women continues to happen, which is why it is important not only to campaign to prevent violence, but to make sure women know about the help and support that is out there. We help to assist by confidentially discussing all the options and choices with victims, so that they can decide how to move forward and take back control."

Simpson Millar is proud to have links with domestic violence charities the Corporate Alliance Against Domestic Violence (Corporate Alliance) and the Global Foundation for the Elimination of Domestic Violence (GFEDV). Emma Pearmaine, our Director of Family Services, is proud to be a Trustee for the Corporate Alliance and is also looking forward to attending the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women reception for campaigners following an invitation from Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Help Turn the World Orange

UN Women suggest that you can help to turn the world orange by wearing orange for the 16 days, changing the colours on your social media accounts and by using the hashtags #orangetheworld and #16days!

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