ORANGE THE WORLD 2021 – Stop violence against women!

Under the patronage of actress Ursula Strauss, 160 public buildings in Austria - including the Memorial Site Hartheim Castle - shine in the color of solidarity orange - as part of the 16-day UN Women campaign.
Hartheim Castle, illuminated in orange

Photo: Michael J. Paar

Making violence against women and girls visible - this is the aim of the international UN Women campaign ORANGE THE WORLD, in which symbolic buildings around the world shine in orange light. The 16 days against violence against women, which take place annually between November 25th - the international day against violence against women and girls - and December 10th - the international day of human rights - have been jointly organized in Austria since 2017 by UN Women Austria , Soroptimist International Austria, the Ban Ki-Moon Center for Global Citizens and HeForShe Graz.

For the third time in a row, Ursula Strauss is the patron of the campaign in Austria. The actress is heavily involved in the fight against violence against women and girls. The statistics show how important it still is to raise public awareness of this topic in Austria in 2021: 20 percent of all Austrian women aged 15 and over have already been affected by physical and/ or sexual violence. 35 percent of all women in Austria have already been sexually molested. The need for action is still huge.

In order to bring the topic into the public discourse, a visible - orange - symbol will be set again this year with the lighting of more than 160 public buildings throughout Austria. The Soroptimist Club Eferding is also taking part for the third time, Starhemberg Castle and Hartheim Castle will be illuminated in orange from November 25th to December 10th.

In addition, the Soroptimist Club Eferding is once again drawing attention to the topic with its poster campaign “We, together against domestic violence” by the fountain in front of Starhemberg Castle. As early as the summer of 2021, numerous associations and the mayors of the region made themselves available on the initiative of the Soroptimists of Eferding as part of the 100th anniversary in order to bring the importance of the topic into the public eye. “We, together against domestic violence” is the call. The bag auction “Violence does not come in the bag” continues to run through numerous bakerys in the region.

“Look and act” - this is the call to each and every one of us.