I Wear Orange Because…

25 Nov

November 25th (until December 10th, Human Rights Day) is recognized by the UN as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

We are called to wear orange today to bring awareness to this cause. I saw people on Twitter posting “I wear orange because…” and offering their own messages, as seen here:

 

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Get it, fellas!

Personally, I wear orange because I believe in confronting sexual violence instead of remaining silent. I wear orange because I refuse to accept one in five women will become a victim of rape or attempted rape in her lifetime.

 

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I could reflect on my own story or look up a bunch of scary or sad facts for you and post them here, but instead I invite you to the UN Women website, where you can see the way men and women around the world are motivating communities, providing education and working creatively to end violence against women.

You may be surprised by the hope you find in the articles they’ve shared.

Of course there is always more to do, but it’s okay to appreciate worldwide progress, especially during times when it seems like all we hear is bad news.

Also, check out United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, he pretty much rocks:

 

18 Responses to “I Wear Orange Because…”

  1. Twindaddy at 3:59 pm #

    All my orange clothing is Bengals gear…is that okay with you? 😉

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    • La La at 4:03 pm #

      Only if you share why you’re wearing it…..besides liking the Bengals, of course. Hmph. 😉

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  2. Trent Lewin at 4:08 pm #

    This is a good reminder, thank you. My daughters thank you too.

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    • La La at 4:39 pm #

      Aw Trent, much love to them! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

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      • Trent Lewin at 5:29 pm #

        Thank you – they are awesome. And my pleasure, you always have something worth reading.

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  3. Carrie Rubin at 4:13 pm #

    I love seeing men get involved. Only when both sexes speak out can violence against women hoped to be curbed.

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    • La La at 4:19 pm #

      Agreed. It made me so happy, and I think it says a lot. Thanks Carrie!

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  4. The Bumble Files at 6:06 pm #

    You rock, La La. Thanks for this post. It’s nice to see men involved in this cause, too. We have to be on the same page.

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    • La La at 6:17 pm #

      I just felt really good about the whole thing, and seeing it is a UN organization with a lot of support from grants and men are involved made me happy. Interestingly, it appeared that not a lot of people knew about it here (where I am anyway). It may have been my least popular post, but whatever. I’m glad it’s happening.

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  5. David Stewart at 7:48 am #

    That is a great cause. Thanks for posting about it. And yes, Ban Ki-Moon rocks. He’s pretty much a national hero here in Korea.

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    • La La at 9:15 am #

      YES! This just made my day.

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  6. gingerfightback at 9:07 am #

    First time I’ve heard of it. Thanks for the heads up

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    • La La at 9:14 am #

      I was curious to know if UK had heard. It wasn’t talked about here at all.

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      • gingerfightback at 9:18 am #

        Nope – guess there are so many campaigns these days that some get crowded out or have a lack of celebrity push.

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        • La La at 9:20 am #

          Good point. They’re always pushing something…

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  7. Bob at 9:10 am #

    Here it’s the white ribbon campaign. I don’t know the reason for the differences but I whole heartedly support the drive.

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    • La La at 9:19 am #

      Interesting, but I like it!

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