Orange campaign a commendable initiative: paper

ABU DHABI, 22nd December, 2015 (WAM) — A UAE paper has said that violence against women is not unique to Arab countries and the problem is widespread on several continents.

“Global statistics show that up to 35 percent of women suffered violence at some point in their lives from related and non-related men. In 28 European countries, more than 40 percent of women suffer from domestic violence in their lifetime,” said Gulf News in an editorial on Tuesday.

“One of the reasons could be, according to the United Nations, that almost 700 million living today were married when they were less than 18 years of age, affecting their education, health and social status due to a lack of financial independence.

“Although no official figures are available, in the UAE too, violence against women is an issue. Recently, the Dubai Foundation for Women and Children, a non-profit organisation, held an interactive awareness campaign.

“The campaign generated a healthy response and around 5,000 visited the container parked on a street known for fashion, food and fancy cars. The foundation deserves commendation for this bold and unique campaign. More such initiatives must be encouraged,” concluded the Dubai-based daily.

Nearly 5,000 people participated in the Orange Campaign to raise awareness about violence against women, in conjunction with the global campaign of the United Nations. The 3-day campaign, which was organised by the Dubai Foundation for Women and Children, DFWAC, for the first time in the UAE, was held at The Walk, Jumeirah Beach Residence.