Tomorrow (Sat) the launch is taking place of the UN International Day of Elimination of Violence against Women - Orange the World.
Friday next, Nov 25th, will be the start of 16 days of activism against gender violence, ending on December 10th, Human Rights Day.
During the ten days, Soroptimists across Ireland will be taking action and calling for the elimination of violence against women.
The campaign in Mayo is being launched tomorrow afternoon at the tennis club in Castlebar, as both Castlebar and Ballina Soroptimists are taking part in the 16 days of activism.
Soroptimist International has chosen an orange shoe to highlight the campaign, as orange symbolises a brighter future, free of violence.
In Ireland violence against women is a significant issue that worsened since the Covid pandemic. 244 women have been murdered in this country since 1996, and almost 90 percent of these women were killed by a person known to them.
More than a quarter of Irish women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence since the age of 15.
In Mayo, the campaign to highlight the UN Orange World Campaign, will see local soroptimist organisations placing orange high heel shoes in windows of shops and businesses for the campaign’s duration with the message “You are not Alone”.
Posters and information cards have also been created with the same message and the Women’s Aid Freephone number to assist women to get help / support as needed.