FC Bayern will again light up the Allianz Arena in orange to mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on November 25, as it has done for the past three years. It sees Germany’s record champions once again support the worldwide campaign ‘Zonta Says No’, which is committed to combatting discrimination and violence against women and girls.
President of the Zonta Club München City, Prof. Dr. Hoda Tawfik: “A women still dies every second or third day in Germany as a result of domestic violence. We must finally recognize that we are not simply dealing with ‘relationship crimes’ but with a major social problem.”
FC Bayern president Herbert Hainer: “We want to stand up for this important social issue and raise awareness in the long term. Gender-based violence is and remains a taboo subject in our society, and the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is an annual reminder to people all over the world. We as FC Bayern want to help raise the necessary awareness for this taboo subject.”
Allianz Arena to light up orange from 5-11pm
The globally active, non-partisan, non-governmental organisation Zonta International has been working for over 100 years to fundamentally improve the position of women. Zonta has over 28,000 members around the world and roughly 1,100 clubs in over 63 countries. Since 2013, their global campaign ‘Zonta Says No’ has been promoting the United Nations’ ‘16 Days of Activism’ from November 25 to December 10 under the motto ‘Orange The World’. The start of that sees buildings and landmarks around the world lit up in the symbolic color.
In Munich alone, under the patronage of the four local Zonta clubs, more than 20 buildings will be lit up orange from 5pm to 11pm, including the Allianz Arena, BMW Welt, the Gasteig, several Bavarian state government buildings, the Kammerspiele theatre, the Residenz theatre, the university and the airport. Violence against women is the most common human rights violation in the world. One in four women in Germany experience violence at the hands of their current of former partner.
In an interview ahead of the club's AGM, president Hainer underlined FC Bayern's clear stance on all forms of discrimination or violence: