Observe an Orange Day on the 25th of each month
Witness and act for an end to violence against women and girls
On the 25th of each month – join people around the world in observing an Orange Day to work for an end to violence against women and girls. This call comes from Say NO – UNiTE to End Violence against Women, a campaign initiated by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.
View young adult interns reflect on their commitment to end violence against women and girls.
Find the most recent Orange Day stories on the Swords into Plowshares blog.
Pray and Worship
- Pray for guidance for all those who work to end violence against women. Pray that all people turn from violence.
- Opposing violence against women - a prayer by the Rev. Sarah Henkel
- Teaching elders can preach on the issue of ending violence against women and girls. Check out this sermon by the Rev. Jeffrey Geary of the White Plains Presbyterian Church.
- Observe 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence - UN Women
- Support 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence Campaign - Rutgers University
- Take part in the Stop Rape Now campaign to stop the use of rape in war.
- Plan to observe Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October. The Presbyterians Against Domestic Violence Network provides ideas and liturgical resources.
- Wear orange. Tell those you meet why you are wearing orange. Take pictures and share them on social media with an explanation of why you are wearing orange.
- Join Presbyterians Against Domestic Violence.
- Create a group in your worshiping community, mid-council, school or other location to work to end violence against women and girls.
- Join SayNO - UNiTE to End Violence Against Women on Facebook and share why you think ending violence against women and girls should be a priority for decision makers around the world.
Connect with other Presbyterians
- Presbyterian World Mission Reconciliation Catalyst
- All Women in the Church
- Presbyterian Women
- Advocacy Committee for Women's Concerns
Use your imagination
- Use your imagination to identify and implement other ways of working to end violence against women and girls. Share your ideas. Of course working to end violence against women and girls is not a task for one day a month. Orange Days provide a reminder that, in Christ, we are called and freed to love one another and to pursue justice for all – each day and every day.
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Hi Laura, The UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign, managed by UN Women, has proclaimed every 25th of the month as “Orange Day” – a day to take action to raise awareness and prevent violence against women and girls. Initiated and led by the UNiTE campaign Global Youth Network, 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 (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women), but every month. Learn more about the UN campaign here: http://www.unwomen.org/en/what-we-do/ending-violence-against-women/take-action. I am not sure why orange was chosen. I have asked colleagues with UNiTE but have not received an answer. Part of the vision of Orange Days is that individuals respond locally with witness and actions appropriate and helpful in their contexts. Presbyterians have taken part in Orange Days since about the time they were launched. You can read some of those stories here: http://www.pcusa.org/blogs/swords-plowshares/tags/orange%20day/ Thanks for your interest. We look to the day when women of all ages, girls, and men and boys, are honored as God's children and live free from violence.
Please inform me about "Orange Day". How did it begin? Why orange? Thank you. LAH