GEF TO HOST "ORANGE" WALK IN OBSERVANCE OF HUMAN RIGHTS DAY 2016

An “Orange” Walk organized by the Guyana Equality Forum (GEF) will be held this Saturday, December 10, which is Human Rights Day, to culminate the 16 Days of Activism Campaign against Gender-Based Violence.

Human Rights Day, which is observed annually on December 10, celebrates human rights, highlights challenges and advocates full enjoyment of all human rights for everyone. The general public is invited to participate in the Walk. Human Rights Day is the final day in the annual 16 Days of Activism Campaign which commenced on November 25 - the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

The 16 Days of Activism Campaign is a time to galvanize action to end gender-based violence around the world. To bring this issue to the fore, the UN Secretary-General’s 16 Days of Activism Campaign has as its theme this year: “Orange the World: Raise Money to End Violence against Women and Girls,” The initiative provides a moment to bring the issue of sustainable financing for initiatives to prevent and end violence against women to global prominence and also presents the opportunity for resource mobilization for the issue.

This year, the Human Rights Day theme calls on everyone to “Stand up for Someone's Rights!” The GEF is therefore inviting groups and individuals alike to show their support for human rights by participating in the Walk.  Persons can bring banners and posters and wear orange to represent a future free from gender-based violence.

The Walk will begin with an exciting Zumba warm-up session at 7:00 hrs. The starting and ending point is SASOD’s Office, which is located at 169 Charlotte Street, Lacytown, Georgetown, between Camp and Wellington Streets.

The route will take participants east along Charlotte Street, south into Camp Street, east into Brickdam, south into Louisa Row, west into Durban Street, north into Camp Street, and west into Charlotte Street, concluding at SASOD’s Office.