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Kosovo Goes Orange! 16 Days of Activism  

In commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence on November 25th under the theme of “Orange the World” there will be several activities marking the days. During the 16 Days of Activism, people around the world will unite to raise awareness about gender-based violence, challenge discriminatory attitudes and call for improved laws and services to end violence against women for good.

Violence against women continues to occur at an alarming scale in every country in the world. Violence against women is a global problem and it requires global action across the world and in different contexts, women and girls universally experienced rape, sexual violence, and abuse. From university campuses to armed conflicts, their voices and stories have reached a crescendo that can no longer be ignored or silenced. It’s time to take a stand to dismantle rape culture. Rape, a single word with a devastating impact that spans decades, even generations. It destroys bodies and minds and puts peace in jeopardy. Leaving such acts unpunished creates a pervasive culture where sexual violence is normalized. And too many of us fail to name or challenge the rape culture that surrounds us. The world needs to stand together to fight Gender-Based Violence. One of the activism work includes lighting up buildings all around the world.

This year all around the world including Kosovo will be lighting orange on the building: In Kosovo, the UN House, The National Library and the government building in Pristina were lit in orange lights to symbolise the call for a violence-free future. Among recurring landmarks illuminated in orange throughout the years are the European Commission and the European Parliament building in Brussels, the Sphinx and the Pyramids of Giza in Cairo, Niagara Falls in US and Canada, the Empire State Building in New York City, the Angel of Independence in Mexico City, the Peace Palace in Hague, the Mermaid Statue in Copenhagen, Maiden Tower in Istanbul, India Gate in New Delhi, Burgtheater in Vienna, Table Mountain in Cape Town, Petra Archaeological Park in Jordan and so forth.

Marking the launch of the 16 Days of Activism Campaign the National Library “Pjeter Bogdani” was lit up in Orange, to call for a brighter future for women and girls, free of violence. Built in 1982 the Public Library building is seen as one of the most interesting architectural buildings in the region. Being the symbol of the city, on the 25th of November it hosted a number of guests including UN Women ECA Regional Director Alia El-Yassir, Ambassadors and other guests who came to see the lighting up of the building in orange. The night was opened with speeches by Swedish Ambassador in Kosovo, Karin Hernmarck Ahliny, and UN Kosovo Team Development Coordinator, Ulrika Richardson. After the lights were lit, the audience was invited to take a walk around the library and enjoy the view.

Vocal ensemble of women “Zanat” performed a song  during the ceremony.

This also calls for a more gender inclusive spatial planning as the area around the library, based on the safety audit processes conducted last year showed this area as one of the least safe areas in the city. Additionally, as the Library is within the University of Pristina Campus, thereby calling for safety on campus.

#orangetheworld  #16days #generationequality 

25 November 2019

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