GRANquinte kicks off annual activism campaign with awareness webinar

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Members of GRANquinte, a member group of Grandmothers Advocacy Network will continue to participate in the annual United Nations 16 Days of Activism to End Gender-based Violence.

The worldwide campaign that has come to be known as the Orange Campaign will begin on International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25th, and will continue through to International Human Rights Day on December 10th.

The colour orange is a symbol of strength and endurance and as fittingly been chosen to represent an optimistic future free of violence against women and girls.

Members of GRANquinte explained that everyone has a role to play in the campaign. Residents can spread awareness of the campaign by wearing orange during the 16 days as a symbol of hope and resolve, discussing issues with their social bubble, or decorating their home, office or business in orange.

To help kick off the 2020 16 Days of Activism to End Violence Against Women and Girls, GRANquinte has collaborated with the United Nations Association of Quinte and the Three Oaks Foundation to present a live webinar on November 4th to encourage discussion and action towards ending gender-based violence in the local Quinte communities.

The 16 Days of Activism to End Violence Against Women and Girls is an annual international effort aimed to draw attention to sexual and gender-based violence and is a time to inspire action by governments and citizens to eradicate this violence.

Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations, affecting women of all backgrounds across the globe. As lockdown measures forced the world to retreat indoors for the better part of the year due to COVID-19, and as the pandemic persists into the colder months, reports from the frontlines have shown an alarming increase of violence against women and girls.

More ways to get involved include reaching out on social media and participating in the international movement online, donating to local organizations supporting victims of gender-based violence and speaking up about cyber violence.

Residents of the Quinte West community can be proud to be standing with communities planning orange-related activities to shine a spotlight on the pandemic of violence against women and girls.

More information about GRAN’s efforts in supporting the Orange Campaign can be found online at

Virginia Clinton, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Intelligencer