“Orange Day” is a day to raise awareness and take action to end violence against women and girls. Orange a bright and optimistic colour, orange represents a future free from violence against women and girls, for the UNiTE Campaign. According to color psychology ‘orange’ offers emotional strength in difficult times. It helps us to bounce back from disappointments and despair, assisting in recovery from grief.
Living in a country where the color orange is linked to a popular political party hampers efforts to promote “UNiTE Orange Day. The notice to the Bureau of Women’s Affairs remain just that, there was no optimism that Jamaicans would embrace ” Orange Day” raising awareness, spreading hope and giving attention to the violence faced by women at least 1 day of every month.
It is real that for every month of the year 2 women are murdered. April 14th a woman 8 months pregnant was dragged from her house and shot while her 3 children was inside the home. Today April 24, two women ages over 50 was found burnt to death after strange men were seen in the area.
Yes we are more aware that women are murdered, raped, denied financial opportunities, emotionally and physically abused. We now have marches, and workshops to educate communities on gender based violence.
We can break the silence!