This Wednesday, 25 November is International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls.
It marks the start of 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, a worldwide campaign supported by the United Nations to raise awareness of the prevalence of gender based violence and the steps we can all take to create a more equal and respectful society, free from violence and abuse.
It commences on 25 November and runs to 10 December, Human Rights Day, indicating that violence against women is the most pervasive breach of human rights worldwide.
BRHS understands that violence against women is a serious health issue, with statistics showing that 1 in 3 Australian women have experienced physical or sexual violence perpetrated by a man since the age of 15.
Tragically, an average of one Australian woman a week is murdered by a current or former partner.
Intimate partner violence is also the third greatest health risk factor for women aged 25 – 44.
On 25 November, we want to turn BRHS orange!
Orange is the international colour for prevention of violence against women and girls.
Wear something orange to work, and host an orange themed morning tea if you can.
(This is a chance for all those fabulous cooks who took part in the COVID Cook-Off to get creative in the kitchen again and post the results on the BRHS Facebook page!)
As part of this campaign, hospital staff have been given candles, which we ask that you light on the 25 November to show support for the campaign, and also in remembrance of the many victims of family violence.
Use this as an opportunity to reflect on the gender-based drivers of family violence, and how you can contribute to creating an equal and respectful community where all people can live free from the fear of violence.
Post and share a photo of your candle on Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #stopFV #orangetheworld #westandunited #UNiTe.
Let’s make BRHS’ stand against gender-based violence go viral!