International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
Tradition continues: Tbilisi TV tower lit in orange
Date: Wednesday, November 25, 2020
On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, one of the main landmarks of the Georgian capital, the TV tower, was lit up in orange once again. The initiative, which has already become a tradition, has been implemented by UN Women with the support of Tbilisi City Hall since 2016.
With this symbolic gesture, the capital of Georgia joined the global campaign against gender-based violence. The campaign started on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and will last for 16 days. Orange is the official colour of the campaign, so the cities of the world express their support by highlighting their landmark buildings or objects in orange. The colour of orange dominates the events dedicated to this day.
The global 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign has been marked since the beginning of the 1990s. It aims to raise public awareness and demonstrate solidarity with the victims of gender-based violence.
This year, the campaign is focused on the “shadow pandemic” that followed the spread of COVID-19: since imposing restrictions on movement and introducing isolation requirements, the number of reported cases of all forms of violence against women and girls, especially domestic violence, has increased. UN Women joins the violence survivors, activists, decision makers, the UN system and people from all walks of life to highlight the need for funding, essential services, prevention and data to provide a more informed response to violence against women and girls.