From November 25 to December 10, numerous events and activities aimed at raising awareness of violence against women took place in Turkey as well as around the world, as part of the UN’s “UNiTE to End Violence Against Women” campaign. In cooperation with the International Children’s Center (ICC), the Bilkent University Social Awareness Projects (TDP) student volunteer organization held events over three days, from December 5 to 7.
On December 5, a panel discussion on the topic “Stop Violence Against Women, Children and Youth” took place at the ICC’s Robert Debre Hall in the Bilkent University Main Campus Library.
On the following day, a pantomime was staged in front of the FEASS building. Many members of the Bilkent community stopped by to watch the show, which symbolized the silent screams being voiced in opposition to violence against women.
Throughout the three days of the UNiTE campaign on campus, TDP volunteers contributed to the UN’s effort to “orange the world.” The UN had chosen the color orange, offering a powerful image of sunny days in the future, to represent the campaign. On white sheets that the volunteers had hung in front of SA Building, everyone on campus was invited to leave a handprint in orange paint in order to express their opposition to violence against women.
For these three days, the Bilkent community was reminded not only of the fact that violence against women is unacceptable, but also that those who suffer from abuse are never alone. And just as the name of the UNiTE campaign suggests, the events brought people on campus closer together, not least when after the events themselves, the sweetest version of the color orange was handed out, in the form of tangerines.
By Eren Gözde Anıl, Çağla İdil Bulut and İpek Işık