City Park fountains go orange to mark anti-violence day

City Park’s award-wining fountains and City Hall’s clock tower will glow orange on Wednesday, 10 December to raise awareness of violence against women and girls.

CityParkBradford joins cities from around the world in adopting an ‘Orange your Neighbourhood’ theme to reaffirm a commitment to end all forms of violence against women and to express solidarity with victims.

The event marks the end of the 16 Days of Action campaign which started on 25 November, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

During this time, Bradford Council and partners organised an event to raise awareness of forced marriage and Bradford College and University students held protests against sexual harassment along Great Horton Road.

Bradford College students stood in eerie silence across the college campus wearing special cuts and bruises make-up and branded tee-shirts to get students to think about domestic violence.

Bradford University Students’ Union asked people to take part in an online survey investigating their experiences of sexual harassment around the university.

In the UK an average of two women a week are murdered by their partners.

Bradford Council funds and supports voluntary sector refuges for women who need to escape violent situations and outreach services to help women and children remain in their own homes.

Coun Imran Hussain, Deputy Leader of Bradford Council, said: “Violence against women and girls is a very serious issue found in all walks of life and is wholly unacceptable wherever it takes place.

“Tackling violence against women and girls is a priority for the Council and our partners so we have protected funding for Domestic Violence services despite big Government cuts to Council budgets.

“We are committed to continuing to tackle the problem and our activity includes raising awareness of issues such as forced marriage and domestic violence.”

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