“Orange the World”: Gleiss Lutz takes a stand on violence against women
As part of the “Orange the World” campaign, on 25 November, Gleiss Lutz offices in Stuttgart and Frankfurt sent a visible signal against violence toward women. The whole of the Stuttgart office building was illuminated in orange to mark the occasion. Located on Taunusanlage, in the city’s financial district, the Frankfurt office also took part, lighting up its sixteenth floor in orange as well.
“Orange the World” is an initiative by UN Women, the United Nations’ women’s organisation. From 25 November onwards, buildings in many cities worldwide will be lit up in orange to kick off the campaign over several days. The 25 November is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, declared by the UN. The campaign aims to educate and raise awareness with regard to an issue that often remains invisible and a taboo.
“2020 has seen a particular rise in violence against women and girls, owing to the coronavirus pandemic. In many countries, restrictions on movement and contact have also made it harder to find help or refuge. This makes it all the important to raise the issue of violence against women and to increase public awareness”, comments Prof. Michael Arnold, Gleiss Lutz co-managing partner. “We want to make our contribution too, and are happy to be part of this important campaign for the first time this year,” adds Dr. Alexander Schwarz, co-managing partner.
In Germany, Orange the World has been organised by Zonta, a global association of professional women in positions of responsibility, whose aim is to improve the legal, political, economic and professional situation of women: https://zonta-union.de/node/13965
More information on the UN campaign and its further activities can be found at https://www.unwomen.org/en/news/in-focus/end-violence-against-women.