Sixteen days of action against women's violence

Minister of Trade and Development Sigrid Kaag of the Netherlands will kick off this campaign together with the mayor of The Hague, Pauline Krikke, on Monday the 26th of November at 18.30 by switching on the orange lights of the Dutch parliament Binnenhof.

Sigrid Kaag en Pauline Krikke Orange the World

The mayor of The Hague Pauline Krikke and Minister Sigrid Kaag

This year the Orange the World campaign takes place from the 25th of November to the 10th of December. Every year the Dutch ministry of Foreign Affairs joins this international UN campaign to raise awareness about the need to end violence against women and girls. This year, the Dutch parliament (Binnenhof) will light up orange for 16 days.

Violence Against Women resolution

In addition, last week the Violence Against Women resolution was adopted with consensus at the UN. The resolution was the first one to recognize sexual intimidation as a form of violence. As a results, women around the world are better able to claim their rights and hold both governments and perpetrators accountable.

Orange the Word - Binnenhof verlicht

The Dutch parliament Binnenhof


Inspired by this year’s slogan #HearMeToo, our campaign focuses on listening to the experiences of women and girls and the people that work to end violence against women. To promote access to education, a safe work environment and public spaces we share their stories. You can read them by following our social media campaign via #WeListenNL and our Twitter-account @NLWomensRights