The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) in Sri Lanka launched the ‘16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence’ to raise awareness on the issue, and ensure zero violence against women and girls.

This global campaign begins from 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) and lasts until 10 December (Human Rights Day). Every year, iconic buildings around the world are illuminated in orange throughout these 16 days. In Sri Lanka, the Town Hall building shines bright in orange, advocating the need for a safer environment for women and girls.

According to the UNFPA, more than a third of women worldwide have experienced either physical or sexual violence at some point in their lives. This is an issue that transcends all boundaries. Representative of the UNFPA in Sri Lanka Ritsu Nacken says the UNFPA will continue to advocate for zero violence against women and girls in Sri Lanka and around the world to ensure that no one is left behind.