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Mayor Adams Announces City Hall, Municipal Buildings, Iconic New York City Sites to be lit Orange for Annual "16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence" Campaign

November 27, 2023

NEW YORK – New York City Mayor Eric Adams today announced that City Hall and several other municipal buildings and iconic city sites will be lit orange tonight in honor of the annual “16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence” campaign. Led by the Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence (ENDGBV) and the New York City Commission on Gender Equity (CGE), which sits within the Mayor’s Office of Equity & Racial Justice (MOERJ), the campaign began this past weekend with International Day to End Violence Against Women on November 25 and ends with Human Rights Day on December 10.

“I am urging all New Yorkers to join me in this call to action to end gender-based violence,” said Mayor Adams. “Survivors need to know and feel they have the right to safety in their homes, workplaces, and communities — and our administration works tirelessly to protect them. By standing together against gender-based violence, and educating our families, friends, and neighbors, we can work to eliminate gender-based violence.”

“Lighting up the sky to commemorate this campaign reinforces our commitment to survivors,” said Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Anne Williams-Isom.
“To any child, family, or individual who is a survivor, the city’s resources are available to help you on your journey to healing from the trauma of domestic and gender-based violence.”

“The ‘16 Days’ campaign is a platform to raise awareness, educate, and mobilize local and international governments to prevent gender-based violence. We must continuously advocate for policy changes and support survivors’ services,” said Deputy Mayor for Strategic Initiatives Ana Almanzar. “By wearing orange and lighting our landmarks and other buildings, we are symbolically demonstrating our collective power to prevent violence in New York and around the world.”

“As we light City Hall, the city’s municipal buildings, and local landmarks orange tonight in honor of ‘16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence,’ we send a clear message to survivors of domestic and gender-based violence across the five boroughs: The city is here for you,” said ENDGBV Commissioner Cecile Noel. “We hope New Yorkers will be inspired by these lights and join our campaign to spread awareness about the resources and services available to survivors of domestic and gender-based violence. Together, with our partners — the New York City Commission on Gender Equity and the Mayor’s Office of Equity & Racial Justice — we can mobilize far and wide to show survivors we support, listen to, and believe them.”

“Tonight, we are linking arms globally with our international partners to once again stand against violence with the ‘16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence’ campaign,” said MOERJ Commissioner Sideya Sherman. “By lighting City Hall and other historic buildings orange, we are reinforcing our commitment to promote safety and support for all New Yorkers touched by gender-based violence.”

In addition to City Hall, the following city buildings and iconic New York City sites will be lit up orange:
City Buildings and Sites Being Lit Up:

  • The Arsenal in Central Park: 830 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10065
  • Bronx County Courthouse: 851 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10451
  • The David N. Dinkins Manhattan Municipal Building: 1 Centre Street, New York, NY 10007
  • Gracie Mansion: East 88th Street & East End Avenue, New York, NY 10028
  • One Police Plaza: 1 Police Plaza, New York, NY 10038
  • Staten Island Borough Hall: 10 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY 10301

 Iconic New York City Sites Being Lit Up:

  • One Bryant Park: 1 Bryant Park, New York, NY 10036
  • One Five One: 151 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036
  • One World Trade Center: 285 Fulton Street, New York, NY 10007

 The Adams administration encourages New Yorkers to learn more about the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign online.


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