To mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the President's Office will join the UN initiative "Orange the World” by illuminating the Presidential Palace in orange on Sunday, November 25.
Starting with 2015, landmark buildings and structures around the world have been lit up in orange to support the UN Women campaign and raise awareness of violence against women more broadly.
This year's “Orange the World” places special focus on those who had the courage to speak out about personal experience, on the survivors of violence, on grassroots activists, as well as on global movements such as “#MeToo”, “#TimesUp” and “#NotOne More”. The aim is to highlight their efforts to enhance public understanding of the harm that violence causes to women, its consequences and help to the victims.
According to the President, the deeply rooted “culture of violence” spreads pain and misery across society. Domestic violence is not limited by education, income or occupational status. To overcome the acceptance of violence, we need pro-active human resources, courage and public awareness.
Fighting domestic violence is a key objective of the nationwide social campaign “For A Safe Lithuania” launched by the President. It has the objective of streamlining the efforts of public and non-governmental organizations to end all forms of violence. The campaign-based project “Įkvėpk” (Breathe In) – initiated by Lithuanian business women – best demonstrates how fast information about help and support can travel. These success stories serve as role models for the whole of Lithuania.
Last year, almost eleven thousand domestic violence crimes were reported in Lithuania. Eight out of ten victims were women. According to police data, 47.9 thousand reports on domestic violence were filed in 2017.