International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Tbilisi TV Tower illuminated in orange to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Date: Saturday, November 25, 2017

At the initiative of the UN Women Georgia Country Office and with the support of Tbilisi City Hall, the TV Tower of the capital city was lit up in orange.

 Tbilisi TV Tower illuminated in orange
Tbilisi TV Tower lit in orange. Tbilisi joined the global orange the world campaign; Photo: UN Women/Maka Gogaladze

With this symbolic gesture, Tbilisi joined the annual global campaign against gender-based violence for the second time. The campaign was launched on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and will last for 16 days.

As the official color of the campaign is orange, cities around the world express their support to the campaign by illuminating their landmark sites in the color. Orange also dominates the activities related to this day.

TV Tower of the capital city was lit up in orange
Tbilisi TV Tower which overlooks Georgia's capital was illuminated in orange light as part of the Secretary-General's UNiTE Campaign to End Violence against Women; Photo: UN Women/Maka Gogaladze

“With this gesture, UN Women and Tbilisi City Hall once again underscore the significance of efforts for ending the violence against women,” notes Erika Kvapilova, UN Women Country Representative in Georgia.

The 16-day international campaign against gender-based violence has been marked since the beginning of the 1990s. It aims to raise public awareness and demonstrate solidarity towards the victims of gender-based violence. The key message of the UN Secretary-General’s campaign this year is “Leave No One Behind: End Violence against Women and Girls”, emphasizing the importance of reaching the most marginalized populations, including refugees, migrants, minorities and those affected by conflict and natural disasters.