Getting the word out with orange

Get the message: the Heywood community is rallying to support 16 days of global activism challenging gendered violence.

Get the message: the Heywood community is rallying to support 16 days of global activism challenging gendered violence.

Individuals and organisations in Heywood are rallying to make the most of 16 days of global activism to challenge violence against women.

Orange ribbons, balloons, posters, flags and banners – the colour designated by the United Nations to represent ending gendered violence – have been spread through the community to show its support.

Shops, community groups, schools, workplaces and sporting groups have all been involved.

Heywood Rural Health chief executive officer Jackie Kelly said research showed women in regional and rural areas were more likely to experience family violence.

“We need as many people in the community to challenge gender stereotypes, support gender equality and call out sexist attitudes and behaviour,” she said.

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