LASCO/NAJ Nurse of the Year 2015-2016 Treveen Palmer-Miller staged Jamaica’s very first “Orange Day” on Saturday, June 25, 2016 with a mile long march from Cross Roads to the Holy Cross Church in Half Way Tree Kingston. It was a very brave move to make UNiTE’s Orange Day the theme of her effort to increase dialogue and initiate action to end violence against women and girls. The color orange is linked to one of the 2 main political parties and so this made it difficult for the Bureau of Women’s Affairs to embrace and promote Orange Day initiated and led by the UNiTE campaign which calls upon activists, governments and UN partners to mobilize people and highlight issues relevant to preventing and ending violence against women and girls on the 25th of every month. .
“Everyone has a role to play in breaking the barrier of gender inequality and violence. Too often, my colleagues and I witness the end result of violence against women and girls; when these ladies are able and willing to seek help or when the situation is at a critical point and they have no choice but to come to the hospital. I want to shape a nation where these instances are few or rare, where women are protected and cherished, where our value exceeds sexual interest and where our young girls grow up with self appreciation and worth,” said the LASCO Nurse of the Year.
Well done and congratulations to all the women and men who made the event a milestone in the journey to prevent all forms of violence against women and girls.
JCW+ Advocacy Working Group had 11 women participating in the Orange Day march. We have Orange Day every month since November 2014.