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Orange the World 2023 - End Violence Against Women in Public Spaces

There are 24 hours in a day,
There are 24 days during Advent and
in Austria, 24 women were murdered by October 31, 2023

This number equates to one incident of femicide every 13 days. If reported attempted murders/severe acts of violence against women are also included in this figure, this year's number rises to 64.

This means that, on average, a severe act of violence is committed against a woman every fifth day. [1]

Given that not all of the incidents are reported to the police, particularly in a domestic/personal setting, we can assume that the actual number of women subjected to severe acts of violence is much higher.

Information about events as part of "Orange the World" at the JKU

November 27, 2023: Online Presentation "There Are No Gray Areas

Recognizing sexual harassment patterns using the Red Flag System“. German only; click here to learn more.

December 4, 2023: Podium Discussion at the MED Campus 

in cooperation with the Soroptimist Club Linz Libertas in Gründung and outer Rohrbach.
Click here to learn more.

Globally, violence against women is one of the most widespread human rights violations.

In 2021, one in three women in Austria experienced physical and/or sexual violence either within or outside of intimate relationships. Over one in four women were subjected to some form of sexual harassment in the workplace, and over one in five women were stalked.[2]

Since 2008, the United Nations has called on everyone to take part in the "Orange the World" campaign - 16 days of activism between November 25 and December 10 to end violence against women and girls. In 2023 and under the motto "End Violence Against Women in Public Spaces", orange flags will be raised worldwide and buildings will be illuminated in orange. We here at the JKU take a clear stand against gender-based and institutional violence and will hold various activities related to the UN campaign. In order to raise awareness, orange flags will fly on both the JKU main Campus as well as the MED Campus, for instance. 

In 1976, South African sociologist Diana E. H. Russell introduced the term "femicide" at the International Tribunal on Crimes against Women in an effort to draw attention to the fact that the majority of female homicides are committed in a sexist and misogynist context. Russell describes femicide as "the killing of female persons by male persons because they are female". In other words, killings committed based on gender.

In the 90s, feminist academics and activists in Latin America began referring to the concept more widely. International organizations such as the World Health Organization and the United Nations adopted the term in the 2010s. 

Femicide is a global crime that exists because societies are structured along patriarchal social norms.

As early as 1981, human rights organizations have organized initiatives on November 25 aimed at ending discrimination and violence against girls and women.

The campaign goes back to the violent assassination of the Mirabal sisters on November 25, 1960, in the Dominican Republic. The three sisters were part of the resistance organization "June 14 Movement", an organization that planned to overthrow the dictator.

In 1981, during the first Latin American Women's Congress in Colombia, November 25 was declared a day of remembrance for victims of violence against women. In 1999, the United Nations General Assembly officially designated November 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

In 1991, the Women's Global Leadership Institute launched a campaign titled "16 days of activism against gender violence", and since 2008, the United Nations has been continuing the campaign under the name, "Orange the World". Since then, this campaign has been held annually between November 25 and December 10, International Human Rights Day.

2017 marked the first time that the UN Women's National Committee in Austria took part in the "Orange the World" campaign.