Following on from the Ulster University Students' Union "We Are Women" Campaigns, we are eager to participate in the UN Women "Orange the World; Hear Me Too" global movement to raise awareness and take action towards ending violence against women and girls.
Below is an excerpt from the UN Wome Press Release on their campaign;
"This year’s UN theme, “Orange the World: #HearMeToo” will amplify voices, bringing many more actions and solutions forward during “16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence”...Global movements such as “#MeToo”, “#TimesUp”, “#BalanceTonPorc”, “#NiUnaMenos”, “#HollaBack!” and “#TotalShutdown” and corporate walk-outs in recent times have exposed the magnitude of violence against women and girls and how often it is normalized. While research shows that violence against women and girls affects one in three women worldwide and that no country is immune to this pandemic, instead of holding perpetrators accountable, women and girls who experience violence are often blamed and their testimonies systematically put in doubt.
This year’s United Nations theme for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25 November) and the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence (25 November – 10 December) “Orange the World: #HearMeToo” aims to support women and girls around the world who are coming together in a global movement of solidarity against the historic power imbalances in which sexual harassment and other forms of violence are so deeply rooted."
The UUSU strongly believes in equality and inclusivity, we condone violence in all forms and urge our students and staff to do what they can to support this movement.
Over the coming days our social media channels will be sharing articles, facts, fictures and ways you can support this cause and better educate yourself about the very real problem of violence against women.