Marble Arch lit up in bright orange for campaign tackling violence against women

A London landmark is being lit up in bright orange to mark a campaign aimed at tackling violence against women.

The colourful spectacle at Marble Arch on Monday is being repeated across the world as part of events organised by Zonta International, which campaigns for women’s rights.

Buildings in cities and towns in countries including the United States, Australia and across Europe will be turned orange at the start of 16 days of action and events working to eliminate violence against women.

Dianne Jeans, president of Zonta Club of London, said: “Violence against women and girls is one of the most pervasive human rights violations and a global epidemic.

“It knows no national or cultural barriers, it takes place at home, in the workplace and in open spaces, and affects millions of women and girls in peacetime and conflict.

“Eleven rapes an hour take place in Wales and England alone, meaning approximately 85,000 women and 12,000 men are affected every year.

“The Zonta Club of London is dedicated to standing up to gender-based violence, and with the support of Westminster City Council we are lighting Marble Arch orange to provide a symbol of hope and support for those that are affected by violence every day.

“This is part of the global Zonta Says No campaign. Zonta members around the globe will be lighting major landmarks orange.

“Zonta International also provides advocacy and funding to help end gender-based violence in our communities.”

Zonta was formed by a small group of women in New York in 1919, with a vision to help all women realise greater equality.

Since then, Zonta has worked to continue empowering women, raising millions of pounds to fund scholarships, grants and advocacy programmes.

The global association of professional women has a presence in 66 countries and consultative status at the United Nations.

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