Also making his voice heard in the fight against violence is the US Ambassador to Belize, Carlos Moreno, who spoke on the orange message and the support from the embassy as well as their contribution to the 16 Days initiative.
“The United Nations Secretary General’s campaign Unite to end Violence against women has proclaimed the 25th of each month as Orange Day, a day to raise awareness and take action to prevent violence against women and girls as a bright and optimistic color. The color orange represents a future free from violence against women and girls. We at the US Embassy Belmopan are answering the call this Orange Day by highlighting issues relevant to preventing and ending violence against women and girls. So for the next 16 days we will share with your personal stories from survivors and activists, please join us in putting an end to the violence against women and girls.”
November 25 is an important date in history as it pertains to the movement of violence against women. As far back as 1960, the date has been remembered as three sisters were assassinated in the Dominican Republic. Motivated by that violent act, the first meeting of the Feminist Encuentro for Latin America and the Caribbean held in Bogota, Colombia in 1981, declared November 25 as a day against violence against women by. Meanwhile in December 1999, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming November 25 to be the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. As for the initiative, 16 Days of Activism, this came about in June 1991, when the Centre for Women’s Global Leadership with the participation of the first Women’s Global Institute on Women, Violence and Human Rights called for the global campaign, thus the event, 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence. This 16-day period also highlights other significant dates including November 29, International Women Human Rights Defenders Day, December 1, World AIDS Day, and December 6, which marks the Anniversary of the Montreal Massacre, when 14 women engineering students were gunned down for being feminists; and December 10, Human Rights Day.