Salisbury Soroptimist ‘Orange the City’

On a chilly Sunday 6 December, members of SI Salisbury raised awareness in Salisbury of the many and varied issues around domestic abuse and violence against women. Part of the UN’s annual #Orangetheworld 16 Days of Activism on Violence Against Women, local Club members took a stall in the Market Square and engaged with members of the public to discuss these important issues. Although not a fundraising event, generous visitors to the stall donated a total of £50, which the Club will pass on to support Salisbury Women’s Refuge.

The Club’s #Orangetheworld Christmas Tree for the St Thomas’ Church Christmas Tree virtual festival was on display and fresh oranges, orange balloons and orange facemasks were handed out to passers-by. ‘Goody bags’ including more information on campaigns to encourage healthy relationships, a copy of Salisbury Women’s Refuge newsletter and a handmade ‘orange’ Christmas tree decoration were also handed out. Conversations with visitors to the stall covered the impact of the Covid 19 Lockdown on levels of domestic abuse, resources available for women fleeing an abusive relationship and how we might better ensure young people build healthy relationships to secure their future.

#Orangetheworld is an annual worldwide campaign aimed at preventing and eliminating violence against women and girls around the world and seeks to raise the profile of the many forms of abuse that are perpetrated on women and girls. These include; rape, trafficking, domestic violence, coercive control, forced marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM). The colour orange symbolises a brighter future and a world free from violence against women and girls.

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