Orange Day MC Charityride group grows in Finland.
The Nordic countries are often praised for their achievements on gender equality, yet Finland is European Union’s second most violent country for women with 47 percent of Finnish women saying that they have experienced physical and/or sexual violence since the age of 15. It’s important that the Finnish bikers show their support so we can raise awarness of the local problems.
Orange Day MC Charityride
According to WHO, 1 in 3 women are exposed to physical or sexual violence in their lifetime. The violence are exposed globally and in all communities.
The 25th of every month has been designated “Orange Day” by the United Nations Secretary-General’s Campaign UNiTE to End Violence Against Women, to raise awareness and take action to end violence against women and girls. As a bright and optimistic colour, orange represents a future free from violence against women and girls. Orange Day calls upon civil society, governments, and UN partners to mobilize people and highlight issues relevant to preventing and ending violence against women and girls, not only once a year on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25 November), but every month.
Orange Day MC Charityride was conducted for the first time on May 25th, 2018. The ride went from Helsingborg and Borlänge and ended up in Norrköping, Sweden.
With a statement from about 1,500 bikers from all over the country that demonstrated their position against violence against women and girls and a medial presence that stretched beyond Sweden’s borders, it has been decided that this will be a recurring event.
”When I stood at Saab Arena in Linköping sweden the 25th of May and 1500 motorcycles rolled in, the tears came. After a year of work, all tensions was released when I saw the commitment on a workingday from all the bikers,” said Maria Andersson, founder and project manager for Orange Day MC. Motorbikes are both visible and heard and they can make a difference. There are millions of bikers in the world with valuebases that many do not think about. Are there anyone that can make a change, it’s them.
Together with UN Trust fund, the Global Fund for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls, several countries have been discussed, including Sweden, Finland, France and the United States. Orange Day MC has not only become a stand for bikers, but it has developed into something that companies, municipalities and individuals can engage in.
”For me who had already taken a stand against violence against women and girls, it was awesome to lead such an important run, where everyone was driving for the same cause. In the bikers culture we have something called L & R, Love and Respect, and that’s what this is about. You should always stand up for the vulnerable, and show respect for all fellow human beings. Orange Day Mc is a perfect way for us to show all women and girls out there that we stand on their side and a society free from violence and discrimination,” said Roddy Benjaminson, biker and known as Hero in the Swedish TV production The Gladiators.
Now the work start for next year, where the vision is great. May 25th, 2019 is a Saturday which can generate an even greater commitment.
”If we succeed to implement this in a number of countries, we can create one of the largest manifestations against violence in the world. 2018 we wrote the manuscript, 2019 we will take the next step,” says Maria who has selfappointed May 25th to The day when bikers took a stand.
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