Soroptimist International St Albans and District Orange the World Campaign (well Hertfordshire anyway) mark the United Nations 16 days of activism to end gender-based violence from 25 Nov to 10 Dec. The whole Soroptimist global organisation focuses on the goal to end violence against women and girls.
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 violence against women and girls and the significance of the 16 Days of Activism.
Club Members identify organisations to contact and they are given a comprehensive resources pack. We hold a launch event at the St Albans Museum, providing opportunities for media coverage and creating inspiring images. We created more great images at Herts County Council headquarters.
Our Club has been recognised for an award for this campaign by our parent organisation Soroptimist International. We created a poster which was displayed at the Soroptimist International Convention in Dublin. The poster received a lot of attention. Denise Powell and Jane Slatter “womanned” the poster during the breaks in the first 2 days of the Convention which led to some wonderful conversations with Soroptimists from around the world (see pic of Denise and Jane with the poster).
Organisations joining the campaign in 2021 and 2022 were the County Council, secondary schools, local businesses and pubs, shops and offices, councillors and individuals – see the website for more:
Click here to see our plans for the 2023 campaign – https://sigbi.org/st-albans-and-district/2023/orange23/