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The Delegation and other official buildings and landmarks in Skopje lit up orange on 25 November, sending a message about a future without violence. This year, the traditional UN campaign on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women started amid reports that the COVID-19 pandemic has increased domestic violence across the world. The situation was alarming enough before the lockdown measures: one in three women in Europe had experienced physical and/or sexual violence, which went largely unreported. In much of the world, safety and protection measures for victims are limited and legislation on violence against women remains insufficient.
According to UN data, 45% of surveyed women and girls in North Macedonia stated that they had experienced some form of violence.
The campaign aims to highlight that the scale and true nature of this issue is often hidden, and to call for action since, as the EU Ambassador to North Macedonia David Geer stressed in his video message, “violence against women is violence against all”.
The start of this year’s campaign saw another important step on the part of the EU to tackle the issue – the launch of the new EU Gender Action Plan, an ambitious agenda for gender equality and women’s empowerment in the EU’s external action.
“Change is possible, but it requires action, commitment and determination. The EU is committed to continue to work tirelessly with its partners to investigate and punish acts of violence, ensure support for victims, and at the same time to address the root causes and reinforce the legal framework,” the European Commission and High Representative / Vice-President Josep Borrell said in a joint statement on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
More information: Orange the World: UN campaign
This is an adaptation of an article published by the Delegation of the European Union to North Macedonia. Read the original article
Photo Credit: Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of North Macedonia-The building of the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of North Macedonia
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