Orange Day campaign launched
Natasha Tibinyane, National Director of MISA-Namibia said last year they had a 16 days of activism against gender violence campaign, to “step up and take responsibility and break the silence. During the campaign they had two message, for the media and artists to recognise their power to influence and to use this power constructively and responsibly.
The intention is to get men actively involved in the fight against gender violence. She also said that the response they got from the public was disappointing, so they decided to make this year 365 days of activism against women and children violence.
Rosa Namises said at the launched that she sees too much red and black and “that it is time we see a brighter colour for our bright future as a country.”
“Men have waged a war with weapons and their penises, therefore the media should declare war on them with their pens, activists with campaigns and men of substance with support for these campaigns” said Namises. Namises also said that Namibia is in a State of Emergency even though the President has not declared so, therefore all sectors need to stand together to fight this war but it should not be fought with violence. Orange Day highlights such issues as safe schools, safe work places and cyber space as a safe space for women and girls. Activities culminated in a call to “Orange the World in 16 days.” The call resulted in orange activities in over 50 countries with over 76 million people reached through social media.