Orange was the colour of choice in Samoa yesterday.
And if what they say is true that strength can be found in numbers, all you had to do was be at S.T.A Fale in the morning and you would have walked away with an appreciation that the campaign to End Violence Against Women (E.V.A.W) is gaining massive momentum.
People of all ages donned their brightest orange, whether it was shorts, t-shirts or shoes for the November 25th celebration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
Observed globally, Samoa’s celebration started at the crack of dawn with a “Fun Run to E.V.A.W” sponsored by UN Women, Digicel, with support from Samoa- Australia Police Partnership (S.A.P.P) and the Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development (M.W.C.S.D).
Molly Thompsen, one of the participants, said raising awareness about the issue is extremely important.
“We all know how many Samoans have been through violence in the past years and for me, this is a very important step for us to take as a community,” he said. “This is not just for women, it’s for men as well.” Molly tackled the fun run/walk from the S.T.A Fale to the Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s and back. “The run this morning went really well. We have to stand together and help each other to stop the violence.