Social initiative

Women on Facebook changing profile pics to speak out against sexual violence

As you peruse Facebook, you may notice some women’s profile photos are being replaced by drawings of faces — one on a yellow background and another on an orange background. The two images are part of a social media initiative that has begun in Iceland in which women are taking a stand against sexual violence against women and girls. The two colors have different meanings: The orange face represents a woman who has been sexually assaulted or abused, and the yellow face indicates that individual knows someone who has suffered sexual abuse. Some women are using half an orange face and half a yellow face to show that they both have been subjected to sex abuse and know someone who has been. The initiative was reportedly started by a Facebook group, Beauty Tips, that mainly focuses on … well beauty tips and cosmetics-related content. After the group shared a post on sexual abuse and it was flooded with comments, its organizers decided to do something bigger and launched the campaign.

Read the full story at The Telegraph.

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