Norway ambassador Hilde Klementsdal, the UN Population Fund representative Frederika Meijer dress in orange with actors of Paper kite performance
The ambassador jointly hosted the performance at her residence in Zamalek alongside Representative of the United Nations Population Fund in Cairo Frederika Meijer for a group of young people from Assiut governorate.
The performance was funded by Norway in cooperation with the United Nations Population Fund.
The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is observed each year on 25 November. It also serves as the start of 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence, ending on 10 December in commemoration of International Human Rights Day.
The performance aims to raise awareness of the dangers of FGM, inspired by a true story of a little girl named Nada who went through the cruel experience and died as a result.
Klementsdal announced that her country has increased financial support to the fund to eliminate FGM and violence against women in Egypt through its support for the Center for Women's Issues.
She regretted the increase in violence against women during the pandemic, noting the need to accelerate efforts to end all harmful practices against women through a global strategy dedicated to this purpose, emphasising the importance of political will.
For her part, Frederika Meijer said that Norway is one of the largest supporters of and donor to its programmes in Egypt, in which it works with UNICEF. She also thanked the men present who made an effort to wear the colour orange in solidarity with women and girls, saying "the colour orange since 2000 has been a symbol of solidarity and represents a brighter future.”
Meijer also thanked the Norwegian government for its support of the referral system and anti-harassment units in universities, and said that the fund is training the medical and forensic sector on how to collect evidence for women who have undergone violence.
Also, the National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation (NMEC) has been lighted in orange to commemorate the 16-day campaign.