Today, Thursday 25th November, Sefton Council is pledging its support to the United Nation’s ‘Orange the World’ campaign to raise awareness of gender-based violence in the UK.
‘Orange the World’ officially starts today, 25th November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and Girls, and runs until Friday 10th December, which is international Human Rights Day.
This period is known as the 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence, where landmark buildings are lit orange to show solidarity and support of those facing violence.
Gender-based violence and abuse is a fundamental human rights violation, and it affects women and girls around the world.
Working alongside Savera UK and Zonta Club London, the Council is committed to raising the awareness of the different forms of violence women and girls face. These include, domestic violence and abuse, rape and harassment, as well as more hidden harmful practices like ‘honour’-based abuse, female genital mutilation and forced marriage.
Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing said: “Women, girls and all those affected by gender-based violence have the right to live free of fear and discrimination. Death or abuse should never be the price to pay for your freedom and right to choose, or for simply walking home, as Sarah Everard was.
“It is vital that we reassure people who are silently suffering or concerned for their safety that they are not alone, and that people in their communities care about them and are looking out for them.
“There are support services in place to help and we urge anyone who is experiencing abuse, or who knows of someone who is, to get in touch immediately.”
Over the next 16 days, Sefton Council will be sharing videos, myth-busting information, and crucially, the support available for residents living in Sefton and wider North West region. The Council will share the various ways people can get involved in the campaign, through attending online events and becoming an ally.
People can follow the campaign coverage over the next 16 days by visiting Sefton Council’s social media channels and by following the hashtags #NoExcuseForAbuse and #16Days.
If you, your child or anyone in your family are at immediate risk of harm from any kind of abuse you should contact the police urgently on 999.
If you are a Sefton resident and are experiencing domestic abuse, or believe someone you know is, contact Sefton Council’s Independent Domestic Violence Advisors Team on 0151 934 5142 or email IDVA.Team@sefton.gov.uk
You can also contact Sefton Women’s and Children’s Aid on 0151 922 8606 or visit www.swaca.com
The National Domestic Violence Helpline is staffed 24 hours and can be reached at 0808 2000 247.