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"Orange the World": University of Erfurt sets an example against violence against women

Violence against women is still an everyday occurrence - a worldwide day of action is drawing attention to this on 25 November. In addition to the Thuringian State Parliament and numerous other institutions, the University of Erfurt is also taking part and setting an example by illuminating its entrance portal in orange.

This day of remembrance was proclaimed by the United Nations. It is followed by the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence until 10 December - Human Rights Day.

The criminal statistics on intimate partner violence published by the Federal Criminal Police Office the day before yesterday clearly show the extent of the problem in Germany, says Dr Theresia Piszczan, the Equal Opportunities Officer at the University of Erfurt, on the occasion of the day of action: "In 2020, a woman was a victim of intimate partner violence every 4.5 minutes on average. 139 women were killed by their (ex-)partner - almost every 2.5 days a woman. With this campaign, however, we do not only want to draw attention to physical violence in partnerships. In our opinion, psychological violence and the increasing digital gender-specific violence in the form of stalking, doxing, cyberharassment, hate speech etc. must also be addressed. That's why we would like to make it clear to all those affected to seek help and remind everyone else not to look the other way."

Advice and help

As a student or employee at the University of Erfurt, have you experienced violence yourself and need advice and support? Then feel free to contact our Equal Opportunities Office! We are here for you.


Further offers of help

Frauenhaus Erfurt (Women's shelter Erfurt): 0361 - 7 46 21 45 | 0163 8880672

Interventionsstelle Erfurt (Erfurt Intervention Centre): 0361-5416868

Hilfetelefon (Help hotline): 08000 116 006