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16 Days of Activism – Orange the World – Stop Violence Against Women


# Stop Violence Against Women

Harrogate and District Soroptimists ‘Believe to Achieve Gender Equality’.

For 16 Days of Activism starting 25th November to 10th December, Soroptimists everywhere will #OrangetheWorld.   Each of the 16 Days we celebrate marks a step towards women’s rights and a safe space for them.  Soroptimist International believes that women’s rights are human rights and through our work in the communities we work with that objective.

Club members are actively involved in supporting the local Women’s Refuge. The Club recently provided household appliances and bedding to help women and their families escaping domestic violence set up home free from fear. ‘Loves Me. Loves Me Not’ bookmarks on healthy relationships, provided by the Club, are now available to midwives in the Harrogate District  who are caring for young mothers. Pregnancy and childbirth increase the risk of domestic abuse.

President Sandra  said, “The 16 Days of Activism that began on the International Elimination of Violence Against Women on the 25th November until we honour the Universal Declaration  of Human Rights on the 10th December is a call to action for each day for the issues we rally against: Violence Against Women, Child Marriages, Human Trafficking, Modern Day Slavery, Rape, Sexual Exploitation, Female Genital Mutilation, and Sexual Harassment at Workplace”.

Commemorating these days are opportunities to create public awareness about what needs to change, to prevent it from happening in the first place at local, national, regional and international levels.

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