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A day for the elimination of violence against women

Again this year, Eni supported the #OrangetheWorld campaign promoted by UN Women with the launch of the internal communication initiative #OnHerSide. To mark the day, our headquarters in Rome, other company sites and selected service stations were lit up orange.

by Eni Staff
25 November 2021
4 min read
by Eni Staff
25 November 2021
4 min read

Orange Day: the world turns orange

Every 25 November is the International Day for combating all forms of discrimination and violence against women, established in 1999 by the United Nations General Assembly. The day is also known as Orange Day because the colour orange is recognised across the world as that chosen by UN Women to symbolise a future without violence against women.

This date was chosen to commemorate the brutal killing of the Mirabal sisters, political activists in the Dominican Republic. On 25 November 1960, three women went to visit their husbands in prison when they were stopped on the road by military intelligence officers. They were tortured, massacred and then thrown off a cliff in their car to make it look like an accident. It was immediately obvious to the public that the Mirabal sisters had been murdered. The ensuing rebellion soon led to the death of the country’s dictator.

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A tulip against violence and company headquarters and sites turn orange

Together with Eni, Plenitude, our Eni Stations and the Enjoy fleet also took part in #OrangetheWorld with highly symbolic initiatives, such as the internal communication campaign #OnHerSide, which saw origami tulips given to all Eni people to make and share with their colleagues: a way of raising staff awareness about the culture of diversity and inclusion. Men were asked to distribute the origami flowers to their families and friends and to take a photo of their contribution to the STOP violence against women campaign, to highlight their active involvement.

Finally, from 9pm onwards, Eni's headquarters in Rome, together with selected company sites and service stations, were lit up orange. These included the Gazometro in the Ostiense district, the Porto Marghera bio-refinery in Venice, the Taranto and Livorno refineries and 8 Plenitude flagship stores.

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Take part in #OnHerSide

Make an origami tulip together with your family and friends to say no more violence against women.

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A commitment that lasts

The human rights of gender equality and reducing inequality are also goals No. 5 and No. 10 of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), that inspire our actions and our commitment to a socially just energy transition. In particular, we support projects that promote equal opportunities as a factor in local community growth.

Among them the HALO Trust - Angola “100 Women in Demining" project that trains and employs the local Angolan female population. In addition, a small school has been built, which, by providing better access to education for children, will contribute to achieving SDG No. 5 for gender equality. Finally, in perfect harmony with the principles and values that are the foundation of the Code of Ethics that governs our work, we have always been committed to respect for human rights in Italy and in all the countries where we operate worldwide, an approach that led us to publish the first Eni for Human Rights in 2019.

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Women and girls continue to suffer discrimination and violence across the world. Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary condition for a prosperous, sustainable and peaceful world.

“16 days of activism against gender-based violence”, in defence of human rights

Violence against women is not only a crime, it is the most widespread and pervasive human rights violation globally. There is a red thread that unites two equally significant and unforgettable anniversaries. On one hand, 25 November commemorates the fight against "any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual, or mental harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life" (UN Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women 1993); On the other, 10 December is the Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Between those two dates, the UN UNiTE campaign for the elimination of violence against women by 2030, launched in 2008, takes place. “Sixteen days of activism against gender-based violence", a global movement that gives shape to various solidarity causes and calls for reflection on what the UN has called “not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world”, namely gender equality.

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Equal opportunities must be ensured by eliminating discriminatory laws, policies and practices. Orderly and safe migration and mobility must be facilitated, including through a responsible migration policy.

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