16 days of activism 25.11-10.12
365 days &nights of attention
art-based education & media promotion, creative design
Connect, Engage in, and Support
the prevention of violence:
Orange Feather Manifesto
COMMANDMENT 25/11 x 365:
against women and girls.
#unite 2 END all forms of violence in human relations and relationships
keeping the Orange Feather in mind as a reminder,
Regal Rule and the Commandment
State of the
For far too many humans around the world, a home is a dangerous place.
For too many women around the world, married or not married, relationships are dangerous and life-threatening.
In 2021, 29 women in Austria have been killed by an intimate partner or husband. A “breakdown” or divorce has been identified by investigations as the main cause. ´Across the WHO European region, 1 in 4 women experience sexual and/or physical violence by an intimate partner.´
The Austrian government, so as the European Union and the United Nations has provided official legal documents, established rules, and implemented policies related to gender issues, spotlighting equality by all means, as declared in the Universal Human Rights Declaration. Furthermore, the rising domestic violence due to the C-19 pandemic in 2020 Europewide and worldwide has been recognized as one of the priority issues within all political agendas. ´All EU Member States have endorsed the main human rights instruments, which oblige them to combat violence against women as a human rights violation, and as a specific gender-related form of violence linked to the discrimination of women. This implies an obligation on the Member States to end impunity and prohibit all violence, to take measures to prevent it, to provide adequate protection to survivors, and ensure redress. The EU supports increased protection of women through soft law (communications, recommendations, etc.), providing guiding principles, exchange of best practices, and capacity building (for example through the Daphne Programme).
The first legally binding instrument that "creates a comprehensive legal framework and approach to combat violence against women" and is focussed on preventing domestic violence, protecting victims and prosecuting accused offenders is the Istanbul Convention, a human rights treaty of the Council of Europe opposing violence against women and domestic violence.
Some decades ago, in 1979 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). The United Nations World Conference on Human Rights, held in Vienna, presented the Vienna Declaration and Programme for Action also called for the appointment of a Special Rapporteur on violence against women and contributed to the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women, adopted by the UN General Assembly in December 1993 through Resolution 48/104. The Declaration is the first international instrument that solely concerns violence against women. Finally, on 7th February 2000, the United Nations General Assembly adopts Resolution 54/134, officially designating 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and inviting governments, international organizations as well as NGOs to join together and organize activities designed to raise public awareness of the issue every year on that date.
In this regard, the ACD-Agency for Cultural Diplomacy president has started the “Orange Feather” initiative in support of the UN initiative Orange the world in 2017 and organized educational activities in kindergartens to support children and families directly affected by domestic violence, as well as to support pedagogues by advising them on how to build trust bridges through educational partnerships with & within diverse communities,
& cooperate with local social advisors and police.
The Orange Feather Manifesto has been created as a document in emerging times in 2021 for the ACD-5th anniversary with the aim to deliver symbolic signs for action, but also to introduce good practice and open space for collaborations at a cross-generational and cross-sectoral scale, as the acts of relational violence are becoming raising societal concern in Austria and worldwide: generational violence, domestic violence and above all, violence against women and girls-femicid.
Drawing on the fact, that all kinds of human relations and relationships are emotionally led we believe that, the prevention of relational violence can be supported by art-based cross-generational learning to understand, express, and communicate emotional states, but also to learn about legal rules and human rights starting from kindergarten and elementary education. In this regard, ACD-Team is calling all governmental institutions and representatives, all formal educational institutions starting from kindergarten, cultural communities, diaspora communities, private corporations, private companies, NGOs, municipalities, media, and all individuals in Austria, Europe-wide, and worldwide
to include the Orange Feather reMinder
into their working agenda and private life for 365 days and nights, as a lifelong learning practice, keeping the Orange Feather in mind;
to bear a responsibility to promote the peaceful co-existence and raise awareness about legal rules related to relational violence; enhance collaboration and learning sessions with youth, parents/families; provide information in supermarkets, health care centers, art- and cultural institutions, and municipalities, provide diversity responsive message via media tools in the public space, react on hate speech and all forms of violence with mindful action, connect with local and international legal communities, institutions, organisations.
ACD-Agency for Cultural Diplomacy team
is committed to supporting the initiatives in Austria, Europe-wide, and worldwide by creating art-based learning workshops for cross-generational and cross-sectoral practice; starting initiatives such as Orange Feather that will promote dialogue-based conflict prevention.
We demand that policymakers pass and implement laws restricting the presence and private use of objects as weapons; we demand that all educators and counselors, starting from kindergarten undertake diversity responsive training on relational violence to be able to identify, respond to, support, and refer parents and learners who are affected by relational violence to appropriate services.
Applying on my professional experiences as an educator and consultant for intercultural education, conflict management, and social integration, advisor for parents, and teacher trainer on Children's Rights in education, Gender&Diversity, Intercultural communication, and Art-based diversity responsive learning and communication by the Lower Austrian Government education dep. 1992-2020, I have created projects and initiatives for ACD-Agency for Cultural Diplomacy platforms to open wider space for the dissemination of good practices and for collaboration, to inspire, guide for engagement, and to connect.
The Orange Feather Manifesto is drawn from my personal and professional commitment to support the Austrian state, Europe, and the global community in their endeavors to end violence against women and all forms of violence through cross-sectoral collaborations and early learning start to develop, practice, and manage relations and relationships as equal partners in dialogue, able to sustain crisis and find agreement.
Our team invites interested educational institutions, governmental institutions, municipalities NGOs, media, individuals, and communities in Austria, Europe-wide, and worldwide to connect and collaborate. Our current activities to support the initiative to End violence against women and girls, and end all forms of relational violence is the following:
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Orange Feather Manifesto
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spanning boundaries, bonding capacities, uniting by engagement
building cross-sectoral knowledge eco-system
in advancing global challenges
open call to connect:
youth centers, formal educational institutions, diaspora communities, orange initiatives in Austria and international, scientists and governmental bodies,
all interested to take action and contribute to ENDing and preventing gender-based violence
Our team has created several projects and initiatives to apply for as a project partner