25 November Monday

Istanbul Turns Orange To Say No To Violence Against Women

On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) will illuminate the city’s historical landmarks in orange.

Istanbul’s Galata and Maiden's Towers, the Khedive Palace, Bozdoğan Arch, Tekfur Palace, Golden Horn Metro Bridge and UCLG Building will shine orange to raise awareness on the elimination of violence against women on November 25.

Organized by the IMM and UN Women, a ceremony will kick off the “16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence”, a civil society initiative that runs until 10 December, Human Rights Day.

Historical buildings, towers and bridges of Istanbul, will all be illuminated with the colour orange for November 25 Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

On December 17, 1999, the United Nations General Assembly designated November 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women in consequence of the murder of the three sisters Patria, Minerva, Maria in the Dominican Republic on November 25, 1960.

The Istanbul Convention, the most comprehensive international treaty on fighting violence against women was adopted by the Council of Europe in 2011 and was signed by Turkey in the same year. It entered into force on August 1, 2014.

The United Nations defines violence against women as "any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or mental harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life.”

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