Violence against women is sadly still a current issue. As before, one woman in five in Austria experiences physical and/or sexual violence from the age of 16. A strong and visible sign against violence against women is set every year by the worldwide UN Women Campaign "Orange the World – Stop Violence against Women and Girls". From 25th November to 10th December this year, buildings around the globe will be illuminated in orange. A glaring call to look and act.
TU Graz joins the Austria Campaign 2020 under the leadership of UN Women NKÖ, Soroptimist International Austria, Ban Ki-Moon Centre for Global Citizens and HeForShe and is colouring the "Alte Technik" at Graz Rechbauerstrasse 12 in orange light.
The role of the universities in the fight against violence against women
In 2020, the campaign in Styria will focus on the academic contribution of universities in the fight against violence against women, for example in the field of clinical forensic imaging or legal aspects. On the other hand, the integration of appropriate programmes against violence against women in university education and the dimension of gender and diversity at universities will be examined.
Barbara Herz, head of the Office for Gender Equality and Equal Opportunity and chairperson of the working group for equal treatment issues at TU Graz: "We welcome the inclusion of all Austrian universities in this year's campaign against violence against women. It is always relevant to show the topic in a university context and to place it in the bigger picture."
Gudrun Haage, deputy chair of the working group for equal treatment questions adds: "The issue is all the more important because it is sadly becoming increasingly clear that the covid 19 pandemic is once again exacerbating inequalities and abuses and that the number of women affected by violence has risen."