Ankara’s Atakule tower to light up in orange for women
The Association for Solidarity with Asylum Seekers and Migrants (SGDD), United Nations Women, and Atakule Real Estate Investment Trust (GYO) will organize a joint event to raise awareness within the scope of an international campaign called “16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence.”
This year’s campaign theme is “Orange the World: #HearMeToo.” Many iconic buildings from all over the world will be enlightened with orange lights to galvanize action in order to end violence against women.
The color orange, representing a bright world without violence against women, will be used to lighten up Atakule, located in the district of Çankaya, and a jointly-prepared video from the organizers will be shown on the building’s screens.
In a flash mob event that is to take place on Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m., hundreds of personnel from SGDD and Atakule will attend and shout out this year’s slogan in unison.
The “16 Days of Activism” against Gender-Based Violence is a global campaign co-executed by non-governmental organizations and the U.N. Every year, the campaign starts on Nov. 25 on the International Day of the Elimination of Violence against Women and lasts until Dec. 10, World Human Rights Day.
The “16 Days of Activism” campaign is carried out under the guidance of the “UNITE to End Violence against Women campaign,” which was launched in 2008 by then U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. This campaign is a multi-year effort aimed at preventing and eliminating violence against women and girls in all parts of the world, calling on governments, civil society, women’s organizations and the media.