UNESCO and UN Women lead the “Orange Your t-shirt” event as part of the 16 Days of Activism campaign.

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Ghor el-Safi, 30 November 2014 – Within the framework of the 16 days of activism campaign against Gender Based Violence (GBV), UNESCO and UN Women, together with the Ghor el-Safi Women’s Association for Social Development, organized an awareness raising workshop in a girl’s school in Ghor el-Safi focused on GBV related issues.
The event featured an interactive educational session on GBV led by facilitator Dr. Nazek Saleh, child protection and psychosocial support focal point at INGO ‘Terre des Hommes’. Sixty girls between the ages of sixteen and seventeen years old attended the presentation and actively participated in the discussion. Impressed by their level of dialogue, Dr. Saleh remarked that, “the girls of Ghor el Safi were so receptive to learning about GBV, asked strong questions and were vocal about their equal rights”.
This session was followed by a workshop entitled, “Orange your t-shirt”, showcasing the color that has come to represent the campaign. The activity consisted of dying a t-shirt...

Ghor el-Safi, 30 November 2014 – Within the framework of the 16 days of activism campaign against Gender Based Violence (GBV), UNESCO and UN Women, together with the Ghor el-Safi Women’s Association for Social Development, organized an awareness raising workshop in a girl’s school in Ghor el-Safi focused on GBV related issues.

The event featured an interactive educational session on GBV led by facilitator Dr. Nazek Saleh, child protection and psychosocial support focal point at INGO ‘Terre des Hommes’. Sixty girls between the ages of sixteen and seventeen years old attended the presentation and actively participated in the discussion. Impressed by their level of dialogue, Dr. Saleh remarked that, “the girls of Ghor el Safi were so receptive to learning about GBV, asked strong questions and were vocal about their equal rights”.

This session was followed by a workshop entitled, “Orange your t-shirt”, showcasing the color that has come to represent the campaign. The activity consisted of dying a t-shirt orange using natural dyes and inscribing a slogan on the shirt featuring the student’s position on violence against women. The idea behind this activity was not only to inform the students on GBV related issues but also to raise awareness on the importance of the youth raising their voices and expressing their position on GBV publicly.

This activity is aligned with the UNESCO project, “Empowering Rural Women in the Jordan Valley”. Under this project, the Ghor el-Safi Women’s association is producing 100% Jordanian textiles, dyed using natural colors from around Jordan. The students had the chance to learn to “orange" their t-shirts using eco-friendly materials such as mud from the Dead Sea in order to obtain the specific orange tint. Using the same technique, the women taught the girls how to write a GBV focused message on their t-shirts, stating “No to violence against women”.