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The power of orange, and how to turn 16 days into 366

Halong Bay   /   Wed, November 29, 2017   /  10:33 am
The power of orange, and how to turn 16 days into 366 Standing for the rights: Women's rights activists call for the elimination of violence against women during a rally to celebrate the International Women's Day in Yogyakarta on March 9. (JP/Bambang Muryanto)

Don’t you just love orange? I do, both the fruit and the color. And after watching a video clip of Sisters in Danger, I now have reason to love orange even more. Sisters in Danger? Yup! They are an Indonesian band who with their song “16 Oranges” on International Women’s Day, March 8, won the most popular award of the UN Women Asia #UNITE song contest this year. The video shows the six band members — three women and three men — performing the song on a hilltop. Dressed in a variety of traditional Indonesian clothes, they “encourage the 258 million citizens of Indonesia, of 1,340 ethnic groups, to stay united and take responsibility for gender-based violence.” The shots of the band are interspersed with scenes of violence against women and children: a man who raises his fist to hit his wife; a child molester trying to lure two young...

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