Danielle Becker-Bauer, President of Zonta International Luxembourg; Credit: MEGA

For the very first time, Luxembourg will be hosting an “Orange Week” dedicated to raising awareness of violence against women, taking place from 19 to 26 November 2017.

The Ministry of Equal Opportunities and the Luxembourg section of Zonta International are organising Orange Week in Luxembourg, to be held in a fortnight, as part of the UNiTE project.

The campaign was launched in 2008 by its General Secretary to raise awareness of violence against women and girls and to end gender-based violence. Since then, UN Women has invited all governments, NGOs, individuals, the media and the private sector to unite around this theme on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women held on 25 November each year.

In response, the Minister for Equal Opportunities, Lydia Mutsch, launched a public call in September 2017 for public institutions, NGOs, associations, private companies and banks to join this initiative through the organisation of various projects. These include lighting up public buildings, monuments and private companies the colour orange, as a visible symbol of the commitment of the public authorities and the Luxembourg economic and financial world against this social scourge. There will also be the public "Orange Walk" aimed at showing solidarity with all girls and women victims of violence, planned for International Day against Violence against Girls and Women on 25 November 2017 from 11:00 in Luxembourg City centre.

Other activities throughout the week include conferences, exhibitions and film and reading evenings on the subject, charitable projects to raise money for the Luxembourg branch of Zonta International and the possibility of making of a donation to the account of ZONTA International, which will subsequently finance national and international associations and organisations active in the field of combating violence against girls and women.

The full programme for Orange Week is available at www.mega.public.lu