In 2018, Senior Fellow Alida Lianne Cluistra worked with a foundation to address and inform the public about sexual abuse and empower them to support victims of these crimes. Alida had seen a lot of violence directed towards women, and this inspired her to bring attention to this phenomena. She worked to address violence against women worldwide, especially violence against women in Europe and in the Netherlands.
Orange the World Haarlem is an international campaign against violence against women by the United Nations. They traveled to Haarlem (Netherlands) and tried to generate as much local media attention as possible.
The Sint Bavo church, located in a huge square with many nearby pubs, was light orange for ten days, from the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women until Human Rights Day. Throughout the ten days, Orange the World Harlem had an information stand to share information, empower others, and support victims. They printed their message on coasters, and the surrounding pubs used them daily to inform their visitors.
Alida worked to address violence against women worldwide, especially violence against women in Europe and in the Netherlands.
As a foundation specialized in sexual violence, Zonta Kennemerland, a worldwide women organization, was a major partner for this project. Zonta Kennemerland started the project and Orange the World – Haarlem joined. Alida joined and supported how she could, by organizing the opening ceremony, preparing a speech, sharing information with pedestrians in the central market square, and organizing the public relations in their network.
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