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Orange Day – Fighting violence against women: a priority during the health crisis

The Covid-19 pandemic and lock-down have sharply increased the number of reported cases of violence against women around the world. Withdrawal and isolation are aggravating factors in situations of domestic violence.

The “International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women”, on 25 November, will take place this year in an unprecedented and very unusual context. Since 1999, this event has been used to raise awareness, mobilise and act to combat violence suffered by women and girls.

One in three women in the world has been, is, or will be a victim of physical and/or sexual violence in her lifetime, most often committed by her partner or former partner.

Companies take action

Because violence doesn’t stop at the door to your home, this concerns all of us. Companies can and do play a role in the fight against domestic violence and BNP Paribas has been mobilised for several years.

In 2018, the Group joined 1in3Women, the leading European network of companies committed to fight violence against women, alongside L’Oréal, the Kering Foundation, Korian, etc.

Listen to the stories of these partner companies in a new podcast: Companies committed to fighting domestic violence”. Caroline Courtin, Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at BNP Paribas tells us more about this major issue.

The fight against domestic and intra-family violence requires collective work involving several actors. While the company cannot and should not address the problem alone, it remains a vital link in the chain.”

Caroline Courtin, Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at BNP Paribas


25 November also marks the start of the Orange Day campaign, which runs every year until 10 December. Since 2014, the official colour of the campaign, initiated by UN Women, is orange, which symbolises a better future and a fairer world, free from violence against women and girls.

UN Women is seeking to increase this mobilisation by involving a large number of cities and communities that will be displaying the colour orange at a wide range of forums and sharing the message “Zero tolerance” against violence committed against women and girls.

You can donate to associations fighting violence against girls and women, on the UN Women website


We’re looking forward to seeing life in orange this 25 November, starting with the BNP Paribas logo, which will turn orange for the occasion!

More information

'Violence against women: a Company-wide issue'

Podcast In My Shoes 'How does domestic violence impact the workplace?' by Jane Pillinger

Photos: ©Photographee.eu / fizkes

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