To kick off the 2021 Orange The World campaign, the Zonta Club of Bad Bergzabern, Germany, lit up the Bad Bergzabern castle in orange on 25 November.
Club members positioned themselves in front of the castle, dressed in orange and holding orange umbrellas. Club president Susanne Faber opened the event with a minute silence in memory of the 139 women who had been killed by their current or former partners in Germany this year, followed by a short speech in which she addressed the many existing forms of violence against women.
Several local officials joined Susanne in speaking up against violence against women. They later talked with the interested visitors, who were also dressed up in orange, showing their solidarity gathered around. Many other prominent buildings in the area lit up in orange that same evening to show their support for the campaign: The German Wine Gate (Schweigen-Rechtenbach), Dionysius Chapel (Gleisweiler) and the Museum of Annweiler, for example, as well as Landeck Castle, Town Hall and St. Nicholas Chapel (Klingenmünster).
“Our dream for the future is to have the complete Southern part of the German Wine Street illuminated in orange someday,” Susanne said when closing her speech.