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Wednesday is the UN's International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women – Government Palace to be lit up in orange

Government Communications DepartmentMinistry for Foreign Affairs
24.11.2020 16.31
Press release 733/2020

The United Nations has designated November 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The day begins an annual international campaign called 16 Days of Activism, which draws attention to this important human rights violation. During the day, well-known buildings around the world will be illuminated in orange – the colour chosen to symbolise the day. For the first time this year, the Government Palace will be lit up in orange too.

Violence against women is a significant problem in Finland too. The Government Programme of Prime Minister Sanna Marin’s Government is committed to reducing violence against women. As agreed in the Programme, a new programme for combating violence against women was published in October.

A survey made by the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) reveals that one in three women has experienced physical or sexual violence since the age of 15. In Europe, this means 62 million women.

Finland promotes wide ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women (Istanbul Convention). Finland supports the accession of the European Union to the Convention.

The Government Palace will be illuminated orange from Tuesday 24 November at 18.00 until Thursday 26 November at 9.00. 


Inquiries: Päivi Anttikoski, Director of Government Communications, Prime Minister’s Office, tel. +358 40 536 4821; Katri Viinikka, Finland’s Ambassador for Gender Equality, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, tel. +358 50 453 0216

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