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Orange the World

What is 'Orange the World'?

Orange the World is a UN initiative to end violence against women and girls, highlighted by 16 days of activism every year 25 November to 11 December.

The UNiTE campaign has proclaimed the 25th of each month as “Orange Day”, a day to raise awareness and take action to end violence against women and girls. As a bright and optimistic colour, orange represents a future free from violence against women and girls.

Orange Day calls upon activists, governments, and UN partners to mobilize people and highlight issues relevant to preventing and ending violence against women and girls, not only once a year on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, but every month.

On the 25th day of every month, UNiTE mobilizes people around the world to support the #OrangeDay initiative. It calls on people everywhere to wear the colour orange and take action to end violence against women and girls in communities, at home, in public spaces, in schools and workplaces, during conflict and in times of peace.

What are Salisbury Soroptimists doing about it?


This year we are working on ‘Lighting up the city’ during the 16 days of activism. We are talking to many organisations around the city to ask them to light their building in orange, or display orange in their windows or workplaces. The Yarn bombers of the city are working on some postbox toppers – look out for these around the city!

26 November: Look out for our stall in the Market Place!

Let’s make 27 November ‘Wear something orange to work’ Day! Salisbury Soroptimists will make this a ‘Wear Orange to our meeting’ month!

What can I do?

Make yourself aware of the signs of domestic abuse here.

Talk to friends and colleagues about the issue and ask them to think about the signs of abuse.

Ask your boss if your business can do something to make others aware: in house training? workshops? and orange display? join our campaign 25 November – 11 December?

Resources for employers and individuals: here

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Need advice?

If you, or anyone you know, has, or is suffering from domestic abuse please contact a relevant organisation – some suggestions here.

What have we done in the past?

In 2020, Club members had planned to march through Salisbury to mark the 16 Days of Activism on Violence Against Women and to ‘Orange the World’ to raise awareness. The project team had been working hard, all the permissions had been granted and detailed plans had been put in place…… it was not to be!

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The public health restrictions around Covid19 prevented this going ahead. Instead on Sunday 6 December, members hosted a stall in the Market Square as part of the Sunday Market, to promote our campaign against domestic abuse and violence against women.

On display was the Club’s ‘Orange the World’ Christmas Tree which appeared as part of the St Thomas’s Virtual Christmas Tree Festival 1-15 December.

Several project team members, wearing orange, met with interested visitors and handed out literature and goodies.  Generous donations totalling £50 were collected and these funds were given to Salisbury Women’s Refuge 

December 2022 we found ourselves once again in the Market Square to promote ‘Orange the World’, this time in conjunction with the Mother’s Union. We distributed balloons and engaged with passing market goers.