Various forms of violence still remain a much talked about topic in total opposition to freedom, which is our priority and the aim of many actions. Thus, our Foundation was very eager to get involved in the organisation of the forthcoming Polish edition of Orange the World.
The Orange the World action held under the patronage of the UN along with its duration (16 days) from 25th November to 10th December are by no means a coincidence. Since 1999, 25th November has been the Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, whereas 10th December marks the International Human Rights Day. The Campaign spearheaded by the UN is supported by the Soroptimist International organisation, one of the oldest women’s organisation for women around the globe.
On this occasion, the Soroptimist Club of Warsaw to which the President of the Art of Freedom Foundation, Olga Żmijewska, belongs, took the initiative to illuminate the Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw in orange light. Through this, the symbol of Warsaw has etched itself into the global action of lighting up iconic landmarks in campaign colours.
Within the inauguration of Orange the World, the Soroptimist Club of Warsaw organised a discussion panel on violence against women and girls. The panel was attended by: Psychologist Ewa Woydyłło-Osiatyńska, Ph.D.; Personal Development Trainer, Ilona Sobol; Vice President of the La Strada Foundation, Joanna Garnier; Head of the Blue Line Polish Nationwide Emergency Service for Victims of Domestic Violence, Renata Durda; Police Commissioner, Roman Kulik; and President of the Art of Freedom Foundation, Olga Żmijewska.
“Democracy provides good conditions for moving away from a hierarchical approach to society—even if neoliberalism requires hierarchisation,” said Olga Żmijewska, advocating empathetic cooperation instead of blindly following authority figures. The first steps towards heading in a better direction are: modern parenthood (also rooted in Jesper Juul’s philosophy), changing the model of the family, educational reform, and all possible actions to promote and bring about a secular state.