Today, Thursday 25th November, to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls, Knowsley Council will light the Greystone Footbridge orange.
Knowsley Council joins a host of other iconic buildings and landmarks across the Liverpool City Region, as part of a global United Nations campaign aimed at ending gender-based violence and abuse.
For the second consecutive year, Savera UK, a Merseyside-based leading charity that tackles culturally-specific abuse such as ‘honour’-based abuse (HBA), forced marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM), has joined forces with Zonta Club London (part of Zonta International) to support the global ‘Orange The World’ campaign.
The two organisations are partnering to raise awareness of gender-based violence and abuse in the UK and around the world, through a series of events and initiatives that will take place during the United Nation’s 16 Days of Activism, which run from the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and Girls on 25th November to Human Rights Day on 10th December, when the Greystone Footbridge will be illuminated orange once again.
The campaign will begin with the illumination of landmarks in the Liverpool City Region and beyond in memory of all those lost to male violence, but also as a symbol of hope for a brighter future free of fear. Individuals are also being invited to light an orange candle or light at home after sunset and place it in a window, as a mark of remembrance and symbol of hope.
Cllr Shelley Powell, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods, said: “Ensuring the safety of our residents is a major priority for us and something we are continually working towards. Supporting International Day of the Prevention of Violence Against Women and Girls is a key date in our calendar and illuminating the Greystone Footbridge is a sign of our support. We will continue to ensure our residents know that help really is just a phone call away – please seek help and don’t suffer in silence.”
Savera UK and Zonta London’s campaign also features an activism toolkit that will make it easier for people to participate in and engage with the 16 days of activism. The toolkit addresses themes such as allyship, advocacy and knowledge, and includes a bank of resources including information about local and national organisations tackling gender-based violence, and events that people can attend to learn more.
To find out more about the Orange the World 2021 campaign and download the toolkit, visit: https://www.saverauk.co.uk/orange-the-world-2021/
DOMESTIC ABUSE SUPPORT
If you are a Knowsley resident and are experiencing domestic abuse or believe someone you know is please contact:
Knowsley Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub
Tel: 0151 443 2600
Knowsley Early Help Hub
Freephone helpline on 0800 073 0043 and ask for your information to be passed onto the Early Help Hub and one of our staff will call you back. Or you could complete the online form by clicking the ‘ask for help and support’ on this link.
The First Step (Specialist Domestic Abuse Service)
Tel: 0151 548 3333