On 10 November, at the inquiry of the Zonta Club of New Essex, USA, Governor Philip Murphy of New Jersey proclaimed 25 November to be Elimination of Violence Against Women Day in the state. The day will recognize that violence against women is an obstacle to achieving equality and peace. It also acknowledges that abuse prevents victims from obtaining their inalienable human rights and freedoms. Since COVID-19, there has been an exacerbated risk of violence against women, especially those already vulnerable.
Governor Philip also committed to illuminating the Capitol building in orange on 25 November as a part of the United Nation’s UNiTE to End Violence Against Women and Girls Campaign. The first Elimination of Violence Against Women Day theme is Orange the World: Fund, respond, prevent, and collect.
Club president Dorothy Knauer said, “the Zonta Club of Essex County is proud to join with the New Jersey Governor’s Office, UN Women, Zonta International and organizations across the state and around the world to unite and take action to end violence against women. We envision a day and a world where all women are safe from all violence.”