SYNOD ASSEMBLY WORE ORANGE ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25TH
The Synod Leadership Team asked that all commissioners wear orange to the Synod Assembly on Saturday the 25th to support the prevention and ending of violence against women and girls around the world. Information below describes the United Nation’s efforts around this campaign. It came to the Synod Leadership through Presbyterian Women who suggested that the synod assembly show our support. Some wore ribbons, shirts, sweaters , jewelry and even ties of various shades of orange. Even Stony Point supported this effort on Saturday by serving us orange food. It is interesting how many ways Sweet Potatoes can be made!
In July 2012 the United Nation’s Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign proclaimed every 25th of the month as Orange Day. Initiated and led by the UNiTE campaign’s Global Youth Network, worldwide activities implemented on this day by UN country offices and civil society organizations strive to highlight issues relevant to preventing and ending violence against women and girls, not only once a year, on 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women), but every month.
In 2013, the UNiTE campaign focused its Orange Days on highlighting recommendations of the agreed conclusions of the 57th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW57), which focused on the theme of the elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls. Orange Day highlighted issues including safe schools, safe work places and cyber space as a safe space for women and girls.
If you did not know about this movement, please remember to wear orange on the 25th of each month.
Reporting from the Synod of the Northeast Assembly, Stony Point Center, NY
Teaching Elder Kathy Nealand, Chair, Synod of the Northeast Council