The Australian Embassy turns ORANGE to support campaign to end violence against women

Date: Thursday, November 26, 2015

Author: The Australian Embassy, Thailand

Bangkok, Thailand - Over the next 3 days, the Australian Embassy on Sathorn Road will be lit up in orange to raise awareness and encourage action to stop violence against women. Orange has been chosen as the colour as it is a bright and optimistic colour, representing a future free from violence against women and girls for the United Nations Secretary-General’s campaign “UNiTE to end violence against women”. By lighting the Embassy building in this symbolic colour, the embassy expresses support for the campaign, locally and internationally.

Photo: Courtesy of the Australian Embassy/Dario Pignatelli

In support of Thailand’s White Ribbon and the United Nations’ Orange the World campaigns, on 25 November - the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women - the Australian Ambassador to Thailand joined distinguished guests, including a large contingent of influential young people, at an event to raise awareness and take action to stop violence against women.

Australian Embassy turns orange to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. From left to right : Ms Anusree Tubsuwan, Attached to the Secretariat of Prime Minister, Ministry of Social Development and Human Security; H.E. Mr Paul Robilliard, Australia’s Ambassador to Thailand; Ms Roberta Clarke, UN Women Regional Director for Asia Pacific; and Emma Tiaree, Development Cooperation Counsellor, Australian Embassy, Bangkok. Photo: Courtesy of the Australian Embassy/Dario Pignatelli

“Eliminating violence against women, everywhere, is an Australian Government priority domestically and is a part of Australia’s foreign policy and overseas aid program. As November is Thailand’s campaign month for ending violence against women and children, Australia also takes this opportunity to congratulate Thailand for its efforts especially through the work of the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security” said H.E. Mr Paul Robilliard, Australia’s Ambassador to Thailand.

H.E. Mr Paul Robilliard, Australia’s Ambassador to Thailand presents the White Ribbon gift to Ms Anusree Tubsuwan, Attached to the Secretariat of Prime Minister, Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, to welcome the Royal Thai Government’s public awareness campaign to stop violence against women and children. Photo: Courtesy of the Australian Embassy/Dario Pignatelli

Violence against women is a significant human rights violation that severely limits women’s social, economic and political participation.

Australia’s National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022 provides the framework for action by the Australian federal, state and territory governments and civil society. On 23 September 2015, Australia’s Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, announced a $100 million package of practical measures to help keep women safe, deliver better frontline support and services, and provide resources to help parents, teachers and students change young people’s attitudes to violence.

Internationally, Australia is committed to supporting and partnering with other countries to end violence against women through support services such as health and emergency accommodation, improving justice systems and preventing violence against women and girls in the first place.

Australia has looked towards male champions for change, to support our efforts to end violence against women and reminding us that it is everyone’s responsibility to work towards gender equality.

Australia will be sharing its experience at a UN experts dialogue on Preventing Violence Against Women on 1-2 December 2015 in Bangkok.