Soroptimist International St Albans and District Orange the World Campaign (well Hertfordshire anyway) marking the 16 days of activism to end gender-based violence from 25 Nov to 10 Dec 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence. The project is run by the Club’s Peace Team and all Club Members are involved in the implementation of the campaign.
We started small in 2020, during lockdown, and made an impact when the St Albans Museum and Gallery in the City Centre turned orange https://sigbi.org/st-albans-and-district/2020/orange20/
We went bigger in 2021 to spread knowledge about Gender Based Violence and the significance of the 16 Days of Activism. We drew the link between Gender Based Violence and Domestic Abuse and determined to assist in helping those that may come into contact with DA victims by providing (though our local Refuge) free training on DA.
Club Members identified organisations to contact and they were given a comprehensive resources pack. We held a launch event at the St Albans Museum which provided opportunities for media coverage and the gathering of images to start off a video. A further opportunity was taken at Herts County Council headquarters, with the Deputy leader of the Council involved.
Organisations joining the campaign in 2021 were the County Council, secondary schools, local businesses and pubs, shops and offices, councillors and individuals – see the website for more:
We started planning for 2022 almost as soon as the 2021 campaign ended – more on the website – watch this space! https://sigbi.org/st-albans-and-district/2022/orange22/