Aidan played a key role in getting City Hall to “light up” in support of the United Nations Unite to End Violence Against Women Orange Campaign. From November 25 (International End Violence Against Women Day) through December 10 (International Human Rights Day) Hamilton City Hall will be lighting up Orange.
In support of this civil society initiative, each year the United Nations Secretary-General’s campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women calls for global action to increase worldwide awareness and create opportunities for discussion about challenges and solutions. The UNiTE Campaign uses the colour ORANGE as a uniting theme symbolizing a brighter future. The initiative calls on all people in all parts of the world to "ORANGE THE WORLD" and step up the efforts to eliminate violence against women and girls.
Part of the UNiTE campaign is a global initiative to light up buildings in symbolic support for the goals of the campaign. In the past two campaigns, the Grandmothers Advocacy Network (GRAN) successfully received the support from cities across Canada who agreed to light up key buildings or community landmarks in Orange. These included: Vancouver, Toronto, Halifax, Ottawa, Montreal, Peterborough, Surrey, Coquitlam and Oakville. This year, the City of Hamilton is joining the other Canadian Cities is lighting up City Hall in Orange.
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