University of Bayreuth, Press Release No. 168/2021, 22 November 2021
University of Bayreuth sets an example against violence against women and girls
The University of Bayreuth is taking part in the UN campaign "Orange the World" with workshops, lectures and actions in the coming days. The aim is to send a strong signal against violence against women.
The University of Bayreuth takes a clear stand against violence against women and girls, as an employer, as a research and teaching institution and also as part of the city of Bayreuth, symbolically and also very concretely. "Violence against women and girls is not tolerated at our university," emphasises University President Prof. Dr. Stefan Leible. "As a university, it is therefore a special concern for us to also participate in 'Orange the World'."
Between International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25 November) and International Human Rights Day (10 December), Bayreuth's Iwalewa House will be lit up in orange. This is one of several actions with which the University of Bayreuth is participating in the United Nations' "Orange the World" campaign in the fight against violence against women. During the period mentioned, the windows on the ground floor of the Iwalewa House will be equipped with orange neon lights so that the illumination cannot be overlooked from the street.
According to UN Women New York, "orange" is the official campaign colour of the UN because it is meant to promise women and girls a better or bright future that is safe and free from violence. Likewise, Avalon, the specialised counselling centre against sexualised violence - counselling and prevention e.V. is lighting up its premises in orange for the launch of the "Orange the World" campaign.
Events on 25 November
On 25 November, the Equal Opportunities Department of the University of Bayreuth is also supporting two campaigns in the city area. The Bayreuth Women's Shelter will show the film "Wir stehen auf!" ("We stand up!") on a continuous loop in the Reichshof passageway, Maximilianstraße 28, on 25 November. This 45-minute film shows that violence still exists in our society, especially against women and girls. The film raises awareness of the issue. The film will also feature the head of the Equal Opportunities Unit, Miriam Bauch. "Violence creates injuries that are often much more than physical injuries. It often takes months or years for people who are exposed to violence to seek help," she says. "We want to show: We are there when help is needed. But our goal in the Equal Opportunities Staff Unit is also to create a learning and working culture at the University of Bayreuth as a whole that gives sexualised discrimination and violence no place."
In addition, the office is participating in the light campaign against violence against women and girls, which will start on 25 November at 6 p.m. at the Harmoniehof of the Schlosskirche and is organised by the Protestant Deanery Women's Officer, the Catholic Deanery, the ver.di women and the Equal Opportunities Officer of the City of Bayreuth. A chain of lights will be set up from the New Fountain to the Reichshof.