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International Orange Day initiative

24 Sep 2015 16:40 PM

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Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird and her office staff have joined in with 'International Orange Day' in support of Sustainable Development Goals.

World leaders are meeting at the United Nations today to adopt a new development framework aimed at shaping policies, action and investment in our countries for the next fifteen years.

The introduction of the framework by UN Women - entitled Sustainable Development Goals - could be the once-in-a-generation opportunity to bring irreversible and substantive gender equality and to end violence against women and girls.

An international 'Orange Day' is being held today in a bid to persuade governments from across the world to 'Step It Up for Gender Equality' and to raise awareness of the new framework.

And now Northumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird has thrown her weight behind the campaign to help raise awareness in the force area.

The Commissioner said: "Stopping violence against women and girls is one of my main priorities and I am immensely supportive of Orange Day and the new development proposed by UN Women today.

"It is a great way of raising awareness of domestc violence and giving victims the confidence to report the abuse they are suffering - whether that is physical or through coercive control.

"It is also important to remember that victims can be men, women, straight, gay, spouses and siblings and that domestic abuse could take the form of physical violence or coercive control.

"We are already working with police to help officers spot the signs and have been running schemes whereby officers are accompanied by specialist workers when they visit homes where abuse is suspected.

"A draft workplace employers’ policy on domestic abuse has also been developed which will help organisations send out clear signs that they will help any employee who is suffering and that they have practical steps in place to support them.

"Wearing orange for a day is a simple way of people raising awareness of violence against women and girls but we all have to play a role to try and eradicate this type of despicable behaviour from our society."

As part of Orange Day people from around the world are being encouraged to start a conversation about gender equality with colleagues, students or their local community.

People are also being urged to find out what action their government has taken to achieve gender equality and to end violence against women and girls by visiting: unwomen.org/step-it-up 

'International Orange Day' comes three days before the People’s Republic of China and UN Women co-host a Global Leaders' Meeting at which governments will make new commitments to achieve gender equality and to end to violence against women and girls.

You can follow the live webcast of the meeting, which starts at 9am, by visiting unwomen.org

Picture caption: The Commissioner and her staff have joined in for 'International Orange Day'