The Quinte area is becoming part of the worldwide effort to end gender-based violence against women and girls.
Belleville is now part of of the United Nations effort and Grandmothers Advocacy Network (GRAN) effort to raise awareness of this violence.
Local Grandmothers spokesperson Jan Sosiak says that during the 16 days of activism the UN calls upon its partners to focus on violence against women and girls issues, affecting all classes, including refugees, migrants, and indigenous peoples.
Belleville will participate, beginning this Sunday until December 10, which is International Human Rights Day.
Belleville will light up city hall and other landmarks with orange, with the goal that every girl and woman live a life free of violence.
The local Granddmothers Advocacy Network will hold a vigil on Sunday at Market Square beginning at 4 p.m.
Seating is being provided in the square for the event.
There will be orange scarves available for those who want to show their support throughout the 16 days.
You can learn more about GRAN and its work at GrandmothersAdvocacyNetwork.org