University flags up the fight to end violence against women

University of Wolverhampton staff have flagged up support for the ‘Orange Wolverhampton’ campaign – joining other campaigners in the global fight to end violence against women and girls.

Faculty of Arts Fashion and Textiles staff have designed and created twelve specially designed ‘Orange Wolverhampton’ flags that will be displayed in and around the city for the next two weeks.

Sam Hope, Head of the Wolverhampton School of Art at the University of Wolverhampton, said: “When we heard about the initiative we were really keen to get involved. Our Faculty team has pulled out all the stops to source the right kind of fabric and dye appropriate for flags.  They have also created the design, prepared the flags for printing and have stitched the material.

“As a University we are committed to equality and diversity and we wanted to offer our visible support to our partners in and around the city in the fight against violence and abuse against women and girls.

“The team has worked really hard and we hope that the visual results will help to highlight and raise awareness for this extremely important campaign.”

The city is supporting the United Nations' annual Orange the World campaign, 16 days of activism from Friday 25th November, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, until Saturday 10th December, UN Human Rights Day.

Organisations across the city, from community groups and charities to schools and public sector bodies including the City of Wolverhampton Council and West Midlands Police, are being encouraged to "Orange Wolverhampton" - and by doing so not only raise awareness of violence against women and girls, but also to highlight the help and support that is available to victims in Wolverhampton.

There are plenty of ways individuals and organisations can get involved, from turning websites and social media channels orange and sharing key messages about the campaign, to wearing orange clothing on "Go Orange" day (Friday 25th November), sporting coloured ribbons throughout the 16 days of activism and more.

To find out more about the Orange Wolverhampton campaign, visit Wolverhampton Safeguarding, which also provides a wealth of information and advice about safeguarding issues.

Anyone worried about or suffering from domestic violence, female genital mutilation, forced marriage, honour-based violence or sexual violence should call the relevant helpline:

  • Wolverhampton Adults Social Care team on 01902 551199
     
  • Wolverhampton Children's Social Care on 01902 555392
     
  • The Haven Wolverhampton 24 hour Helpline for women and men on 08000 194400
     
  • National Domestic Violence helpline for women on 0808 2000 247

Picture caption from left to right: Wolverhampton School of Art staff Kathryn Partington, Fiona Griffiths, Sarah Webberley, Jo Bloodworth, Jim Abernethy and Andy Roberts and Kathy Cole-Evans from the City of Wolverhampton Council.

For more information please contact the Media Relations Office on 01902 32 2736 or 01902 518647.

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