There are multiple dark blue awareness ribbon colors of navy, indigo, and royal blue each with their own meaning. The navy blue awareness ribbon means support for Koolen-de Vries Syndrome and Microdeletion Syndrome. The indigo awareness ribbon is for Targeted Individuals (Bullying, Harassment, Stalking, Systematic Harassment / Stalking, etc.) Royal blue is the alternate color (vs. orchid) for testicular cancer awareness.
The United Nations’ (UN) International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women raises public awareness of violence against women in all countries around the world and at all levels of society. It is observed each year on November 25.
Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today. Gender inequality persists worldwide.
Violence against women is the most extreme form of discrimination. According to the aforementioned report, on the basis of data from 2005 to 2016 for 87 countries, 19 per cent of women between 15 and 49 years of age said they had experienced physical and/or sexual violence by an intimate partner in the 12 months prior to the survey. In the most extreme cases, such violence can lead to death. In 2012, almost half of all women who were victims of intentional homicide worldwide were killed by an intimate partner or family member, compared to 6 per cent of male victims.
Another extreme case of violence against women is female genital mutilation/cutting. This harmful practice has declined by 24 per cent since around 2000. Nevertheless, prevalence remains high in some of the 30 countries with representative data. In those countries, survey data from around 2015 indicate that more than 1 in 3 girls between 15 and 19 years of age have undergone the procedure compared to nearly 1 in 2 girls around 2000.
Moreover, only just over half (52 per cent) of women between 15 and 49 years of age who are married or in a relationship make their own decisions about consensual sexual relations and use of contraceptives and health services. That statistic is based on available data from around 2012 for 45 countries, 43 of which are in developing regions.
Research also shows that achieving gender equality helps in preventing conflict, and high rates of violence against women correlates with outbreaks of conflict. Despite the evidence, actions for women’s inclusion, leadership and protection remain inadequate. In some areas, there has even been a roll back on progress.
Achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls will require more vigorous efforts.
2017 Theme: Leave no one behind
UNiTE leads the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign, which aims to raise public awareness and mobilize people everywhere to bring about change. Those 16 days go from 25th November to 10th December, which is Human Rights Day. The theme of the campaign for 2017 is “Leave no one behind: end violence against women and girls.” This theme reinforces the UNiTE Campaign’s commitment to a world free from violence for all women and girls around the world, while reaching the most underserved and marginalized, including refugees, migrants, minorities, indigenous peoples, and populations affected by conflict and natural disasters, amongst others, first. As in previous years, the UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign invites you to “Orange the world,” using the colour designated by the UNiTE campaign to symbolize a brighter future without violence. Organize events to orange streets, schools and landmarks!
The purple and burgundy awareness ribbon means support for chronic migraines. The burgundy ribbon is for migraine awareness and the purple ribbon is for chronic pain. This ribbon combines both ribbons together meaning chronic migraines awareness.
The red and blue awareness ribbon color means supports Noonan Syndrome, Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndromes (SADS), Congenital Heart Defect (CHD), Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS), and Pulmonary Fibrosis.
Purple and teal colors means support for suicide prevention awareness. (Suicide Prevention also uses the yellow awareness ribbon.) The purple and teal also combines the two awareness colors for domestic violence (purple) with sexual assault violence (teal) to show support for both causes.
A zebra striped ribbon shows awareness for rare cancer (neuroendocrine tumor or carcinoid cancer), Ehlers–Danlos syndrome (EDS), and rare diseases. Rare disease also use a zebra stripe ribbon because of medical expression “When you hear hoof beats, think horses not zebras” in looking for a common diagnosis vs a rare one for symptoms. Rare disease also uses blue denim ribbon. Neuroendocrine tumours are a heterogeneous group including carcinoid, pituitary tumours, & medullary carcinoma of the thyroid.
The blue awareness ribbon color means support for ALS, Free Speech, Foster Care Awareness, Colon Cancer, Child Abuse Awareness, Drunk Driving Awareness, Education, Arthritis, Huntington’s Disease, Human Trafficking, Stop Bullying, and Save the Music to name a few. Let the blue awareness ribbon help support awareness for these causes!