Albania goes orange and calls to end violence against women and girls

Nov 25, 2014

Tirana, Pogradec, Kavaja, Dibra, Kolonja and many more cities, villages and neighbourhoods around Albania went orange to say no to violence. Young people, boys and girls poured in the streets to join UNiTE- a global movement to raise awareness and take actions to eradicate violence against women and girls.

The fact that violence against women and girls is one of most widespread infringements of human rights, brought together in a number of events men and women across the country during the 16 Days of Activism.The campaign was opened by the Minister of Social Welfare and Youth Erjon Veliaj and the National Council for Gender Equality (NCGE) in Tirana on November 24, the eve of the International Day against Violence against Women.

The same evening, young artists, men and women organized an orange party in one of the trendiest pubs of the capital singing the anthem “Bring the sun down!” calling on men and boys to join efforts to end violence against women and girls. Students and volunteers organized an Orange ride in Tirana’s main boulevard, pedaling against domestic abuse. Urban travelers were accompanied with anti-violence video messages this morning on their buses.

One hundred students in Pogradec organized a smart mob to dance for gender equality, men and women from remote Kolonja attended theatre shows challenging gender stereotypes, whereas schoolboys and girls in Dibra are bringing in their best paintings with men and boys involvement theme. A number of activities will take place until December 10, the International Human Rights Day aiming to involve citizens, civil society and public authorities for a society free of violence.
The UNiTE campaign 2014 focuses specifically towards community and individual engagement at local level through “door to door” awareness events – not only in institutional buildings but also in schools, universities, cinemas, bars, stadiums, boulevards.   
Every one of us has a role to play in their community: men, boys, women, girls, religious leaders, employees and local leaders, barbers, sellers of stalls, shopkeepers, teachers, doctors, athletes and police officers.

The UNiTE Campaign in Albania is an initiative of the Ministry of Social Welfare and Youth in cooperation with the United Nations (UN Women and UNDP), civil society organizations and with financial support from the Government of Sweden.