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For the first time ever, both the iconic Empire State Building and UN Headquarters in New York were illuminated in orange light in recognition of International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, marked annually on 25 November.

Orange is the colour designated for the Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign, meant to symbolize a brighter future for all women — one free of violence. To spur support for the UNiTE campaign, the United Nations is championing a call to “Orange YOUR Neighbourhood”.

The theme will carry through related events during the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, which run from 25 November until 10 December, Human Rights Day.

UN Photo/E. Debebe

http://endviolence.un.org/