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Eliminate violence against women: UAE
The Orange campaign will mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

Dubai - Under the slogan "Build Yourself", DFWAC aims to raise awareness on violence, abuse and exploitation of women and girls worldwide with a community driven 16-day long campaign, coinciding with UN's International Initiative.

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Published: Tue 22 Nov 2016, 4:44 PM

Last updated: Wed 23 Nov 2016, 12:41 AM

Event details
The public events will take place from November 24-26 at The Walk JBR, and from December 8-10 at The Kite Beach, from 10 am till 10 pm. DfWAC has started off with a trend of com-municating its cause through various mediums and art forms, this year a specially designed performance around violence against women will be held at both venues over the weekends. 
The Dubai Foundation for Women and Children (DFWAC) announced the launch of its second 'Orange' Campaign, to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women as designated by The United Nations General Assembly (UN) on November 25.
Under the slogan "Build Yourself", DFWAC aims to raise awareness on violence, abuse and exploitation of women and girls worldwide with a community driven 16-day long campaign, coinciding with UN's International Initiative. This year's campaign will include a number of events and activations along with an interactive experience of conversing with a female victim subjected to violence.
The campaign will also see a number of iconic landmarks including Burj Al Arab and InterContinental Dubai Festival City, illuminated in orange, as part of UN's UNiTE campaign to symbolise a brighter future without violence.
Residents across the UAE are being encouraged to participate in on-going activities and think creative by organising their very own 'Orange Events', as a display of their awareness and solidarity starting from November 25. DFWAC also urges UAE residents to use and contribute to online discussions whilst entering the #SpeakUpae campaign.
The initiative has garnered attention from various influencers and fraternities across the UAE, who have pledged their voice to support the campaign's reach.
What women face
While reports indicate that 7 in 10 women worldwide have experienced some type of violence in their lifetime, Afra Al Basti, Director General of DFWAC and Member of the Federal National Council, called for women to speak out against violence.
"This year's campaign will focus on encouraging women to recognise and acknowledge all forms of abuse and build their self-esteem, that will enable them to play an active role in society and make a difference by highlighting various types of violence," Al Basti said.
Maryam Bin Thaneya, Communications Director at DFWAC said, "Violence against women is a highly prevalent social ill, yet it is a hidden problem and hence a greater global concern. To break this cycle, we must reach out to an even larger audience and educate them on this difficult subject."
Campaigns set up in the past few years were important to shift people's mindsets and cultural boundaries that will enable women and society in general to be able to communicate against all forms of abuse against women.
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