Orange the World on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is held on 25 November. This year’s theme is ‘Hear me too’.
On average one woman is killed per week at the hand of their current or former partner in Australia alone and one in three women will survive domestic or family violence across the course of their lifetime. Now is the time for us to stand up and do something to change these statistics.
Orange the World
From 25 November through to 10 December people all around the world will be taking part in 16 days of activism and will be wearing orange and using the hashtag #orangetheworld to raise awareness of this important cause.
Talking to Students
Teachers may choose to educate their class on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and the effects of domestic violence. With the support of their Principal, members are encouraged to discuss the effects of domestic violence with high school students; professional judgement in the suitability of these discussions with younger students should be exercised.
Teachers are reminded that any student disclosures arising from the classroom discussions are able to be supported in a timely way by the school counsellor, chaplain, nurse or psychologist. Any relevant school level or systemic policies regarding reporting requirements where students reveal abuse should also be adhered to.
If you are concerned about yourself, a colleague or a student you can access 24 hour telephone counselling through any of these providers:
Where to learn more
If you would like to learn more about the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, please click here to be directed to the UN Women website.
Chapters are encouraged to hold an #orangetheworld day in support of the elimination of violence against women and to send through photos of the day to firstname.lastname@example.org to be featured on our social media page.
Only through raising awareness and taking a stand can we truly change these troubling statistics.
Image source: www.unwomen.org.au