Two iconic bridges of Da Nang city light up in orange for women

Two icons of Da Nang city, the Dragon bridge and the Han river bridge lit up in orange as part of the National Action Month on Gender Equality and Violence Prevention and Control and 16 Days of Activism - Ending violence against women and children.

"Orange Da Nang city - Lighten up and Take actions", safe city without violence against women and children. Source: Un Woman Vietnam

Da Nang Women's Union, Da Nang People's Committee and UN Women Vietnam have organized a joint event to raise awareness within the scope of the 2020 National Action Month on Gender Equality and Violence Prevention and Control  and an international campaign called 16 Days of Activism - Ending violence against women and children.

Orange is known worldwide as a colour for activities related to ending gender-based violence. It stands for a brighter future, change and hope for women and children who experienced gender-based violence.

The Dragon bridge and the Han river bridge are being worn dazzling orange lights from 28 November to 15 December 2020, as a Da Nang's commitment of taking action to end violence against women and children, as well as building a safe city for everyone.

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign that kicks off on November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs until December 10, the World Human Rights Day. It was started by activists at the inaugural Women's Global Leadership Institute in 1991.

Gender-based violence is violence that is committed against someone based on their gender, gender identity, gender expression or perceived gender. Women; girls and young women; Indigenous women and girls; LGBTQ2 (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Two Spirit) and gender diverse individuals; women living with a disability; and women living in rural and remote communities are at greater risk of experiencing gender-based violence.

We all have a role to play in creating safe homes, schools, workplaces and communities. Now, more than ever, collective action against gender-based violence is needed, as we navigate the evolving COVID-19 crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted gaps in the very systems designed to keep people safe. It has created unprecedented challenges for those experiencing gender-based violence and the organizations that provide supports and services to them.

The 16 Days is an opportunity to come together to address injustices and take immediate action to create safe homes, communities, and workplaces for everyone.

Let's look back at a few moments from the event "Orange Da Nang city - Lighten up and Take actions", safe city without violence against women and children.

The rain on November 28 couldn't make orange lights less dazzling.

The event was a part of the National Action Month 2020 and 16 Days of Activism - Ending violence against women and children, with joint effort of Da Nang Women's Union, Da Nang People's Committee and technical support from UN Women Vietnam.

Tu Anh