Mersey landmarks light up for Human Rights Day

Merseyside charity Savara UK has teamed up with Zonta International for the global #OrangeTheWorld campaign for human rights and against gender-based violence

World Museum
World Museum Liverpool will be lit up for the #OrangeTheWorld campaign


A number of Merseyside’s best-known buildings will be illuminated bright orange today (Thursday) to mark Human Rights Day.

Also marking the end of the United Nations 16 days of activism against gender-based violence, the initiative will see buildings such as World Museum Liverpool, Merseyside Police Headquarters, the Greystone Footbridge in Knowsley and the Mersey Gateway Bridge in Halton lit orange.

Everton FC will also switch on its lights of Goodison Park between 6pm and 8pm, in solidarity with the campaign to eliminate violence against women across the globe. During the first event in November the Liver Building and St George’s Hall were lit up.

Delivered as part of the global #OrangeTheWorld campaign, the Merseyside spectacle is being organised by local-based charity Savera UK, which tackles harmful practices such as ‘honour’-based abuse (HBA), female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage.

St Georges Hall
St George’s Hall was ;lit up in November. Picture by Jennifer Bruce/Liverpool City Council.


They have teamed up with Zonta International, a global organisation that stands for women’s rights and advocates for equality, education and an end to child marriage and gender-based violence.

Last year, Zonta International marked the campaign period with its successful #ZONTASAYSNO initiative, which saw London’s Marble Arch lit orange alongside buildings in cities and towns in countries including the US, Australia and across Europe. This is the first time Zonta International has extended the initiative outside of London in the UK.

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