Hundreds people rode to object to violence against women and girls

Hundreds people rode to object to violence against women and girls

(Song tre) – In the morning 30th November, hundreds of young people of the capital had participated in the bicycle ride to close “Hanh trinh màu cam” (Orange the journey), in response for the global campaign of the UN “16 days of action  to eradicate violence against women and girls”.

With the purpose of promoting awareness, motivating necessary real actions to end violence against women and girls, in 2008, UN’s Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon had picked the date November 25th as “Orange day” – International day of eradicating violence against women and to carry out 16-day UNiTE campaign from November 25th. On the whole globe, UN’s agencies as well as civil societies had had a lot of activities to support this event, with many topics.

In response for this campaign of UN, this year, Vietnam had launched “Orange the journey” campaign which lasted for 16 days, with the participation of 3 networksof Gender activists: Gender and Community development Network (GENCOMNET), Domestic Violence Prevention Network (DOVIPNET), Network of Empowerment for Women (NEW) funded by UN Women in Vietnam. This was also the third time Vietnam participated in response to UN’s UNiTE campaign, since 2011. The “Orange the journey” campaign had many activities, in which the bicycle riding activity was on 30/11, the last day of the campaign.

 

Miss Shoko Ishikawa – Country Representative in Vietnam for UN Women and NEW shared: “This is a practical action by the students, the future masters of this country, the pioneers who can change stereotype concepts and spread messages to fight against violence facing women and girls largely to everybody”.

 

Representative of  the Organizing Committee also mentioned, “Orange the  journey” would spread the atmosphere of “2013 Orange day” to all the streets of Hanoi to act together in 16 days.

 

This morning, despite the coldness of an early winter morning, hundreds of  youth of the capital had participated in the ride with the message “End violence – Start love”. This slogan was expressed in various forms: hair banners, on the chest or on the balloons on each bicycles. All of them had a glorious and passionate orange colour.

 

The orange balloons are being made

Balloons and banners and the orange colour of the shirts on the streets

Logos with the message of the program are carefully taped on to the shirts of the volunteers

 

Ms. Shoko Ishikawa – Country Representative in Vietnam for UN Women (middle)

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