Orange Day: District and district craftsmen's association set an example

Breaking the silence and achieving more together: The Waldeck-Frankenberg district and the district craftsmen's association are jointly participating in the campaigns for the International Day against Violence against Women - and on Orange Day on November 25, they will place a bench with the inscription "No place for violence" in front of the Korbach district hall as a sign of solidarity. The aim is to draw the public's attention to the issue and raise awareness.

"Shocking figures"
According to a study by UN Women Deutschland e.V., the German committee of the independent and non-profit EU-wide non-governmental organization, every 45 minutes a woman in Germany is dangerously physically injured by her partner; every third day this ends fatally. One in three women is affected by physical or sexual violence at least once in her lifetime. "These are frightening figures that we must resolutely confront," says District Administrator Jürgen van der Horst. "That's why we are participating again this year with an action on the International Day against Violence against Women," says First District Commissioner Karl-Friedrich Frese.

The district craftsmen's association agrees: "When the district approached us with the request to create the bench, we were delighted to be part of this campaign. The apprentice Sina Nadine Joost and the retrainees Nina Wolf and Denis Krume of the carpentry workshop have created a bench under the guidance of the training masters Thomas Schreiber and Dirk Bönisch, which will clearly draw attention to the issue," says Maria Djambazov, department head of the Berufsförderungswerk des Handwerks, educational institution of the Kreishandwerkerschaft in Korbach.

Breaking silence
Violence against women is often trivialized or ignored. As a result, those affected do not talk about what they have experienced out of shame and fear. Here it is important to break the silence - and to talk about the issue and raise it in society. Especially in the current situation, in which war, the energy crisis and also still the Corona pandemic push many other topics into the background, the district of Waldeck-Frankenberg, on the initiative of its women's office, therefore wants to set an unmistakable sign together with the vocational training center of the district craftsmen's association. At the vocational training center of the district craftsmen's association, participants in a practical training course led by instructor Thomas Schreiber have therefore built an orange bench with the inscription "No place for violence", which will be placed in front of the district hall on Orange Day.

Solidarity also with women in Iran
"We want to mobilize people, raise awareness of this issue and take action to prevent and end violence against women - not just once a year on Action Day, but 365 days a year," says Beate Friedrich, the district's women's representative. Especially in the current situation in Iran, where women are legally and socially discriminated against and equal rights are prevented, it is all the more important to take action under the claim "Woman. Life. Freedom." to draw attention to the issue. "Not only in Germany, but internationally."

UN Women Germany is the national committee in Germany and thus one of twelve committees worldwide. The National Committees of UN Women are independent and non-profit non-governmental organizations that were founded to achieve greater political and financial support for UN Women. They support UN Women through fundraising, advocacy and campaigning. The goal is to strengthen the commitment and support of governments and the private sector -including individuals, corporations and foundations- to the advancement of women's rights and gender equality.


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