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Turning Orange to End Gender-Based Violence in Thailand

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Canada’s Embassy to Thailand staff show their support for ending gender-based violence by wearing orange in Thailand.

The poster for the inaugural Bangkok International Film Festival.

The 16 Days of Activism to End Gender-Based Violence campaign is a time to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls around the world.

The UN Secretary-General’s  UNiTE to End Violence Against Women Campaign invited The Canadian Embassy in Thailand to participate in and organize “orange events” in support of the 16 Days of Activism.

The Embassy was proud to accept the invitation and showed off its orange spirit!

The Canadian Ambassador’s Official Residence was lit up in orange and all staff wore orange to support the event. Several activities were also held in close collaboration with UN Women’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, the Thailand Institute of Justice, Her Royal Highness Princess Bajrakitiyabha, and the Thai media.

Ambassador Calvert makes a pledge for gender equality

“Because it’s 2015, we must eliminate gender based violence. Because it’s 2015, we must seriously address domestic violence—all domestic violence--and ensure the victims of domestic violence have a safe place to go, and access to support and justice. Because it’s 2015, we must ensure victims of sexual assault receive compassion and justice, not shaming and suspicion.”
– Ambassador Calvert

Ambassador Calvert receives a HeforShe Pin from Roberta Clarke.

For the 3rd year in a row, Canadian Ambassador Phil Calvert kicked off the 16 Days of Activism with a breakfast reception to commemorate the victims of gender-based violence around the world, and highlighted the need for communities to continue to take action to end violence against women.

Roberta Clarke, Regional Director for UN Women in Asia and the Pacific, and Sita Sumrit, Advisor and Chief of Women and Children Empowerment Programme from the Thailand Institute of Justice, delivered moving opening remarks. Ambassador Calvert led the charge for concrete efforts to end gender-based violence by making a pledge to the UN Women’s HeforShe Campaign. He also encouraged all male guests to make their own pledges to join in solidarity against gender-based violence.

Using film to combat gender-based violence

To continue raising awareness about the 16 Days of Activism, the Embassy participated in the inaugural Bangkok International Film Festival on Ending Violence Against Women which featured 10 films highlighting gender-based violence issues and child, early, and forced marriage.

Two members of a Canadian-based film crew, currently producing a film in Thailand on the trafficking of women and sexual exploitation, met with Roberta Clark and the Ambassador encouraged them to consider joint advocacy and partnership opportunities.

Though the 16 Days campaign only lasts for a few days each November, the Canadian Embassy in Thailand looks forward to continuing to organize and promote high-visibility events and initiatives to demonstrate Canada's support to end gender-based violence in all its forms, in Thailand and around the world.

Ambassador Calvert makes his pledge to end violence against women during his 3rd annual breakfast reception at the Official Residence.


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