KEIGHLEY Soroptimists are backing a United Nations campaign to end violence against women and girls.

Each day of the initiative, which runs until December 10, the spotlight is on a particular area of harm or danger.

The annual 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence campaign is now in its 30th year.

Organisers say that with one in three women worldwide still experiencing violence, there is an urgent need for action.

Orange posters, reflecting the adopted colour of the movement, are being displayed around the town.

A spokesperson for Keighley Soroptimists said: “We are joining with many other organisations in the campaign.

“The name Soroptimist comes from the Latin Soror – meaning sister – and Opta, hopeful. Our aim is to support the development of women and girls locally and internationally.

“There are 270 clubs across the world – with 72,000 members globally and 6,000 in the UK. Soroptimist International has a seat at the United Nations.

“We meet twice monthly and people can be a full member or become a linked member.”

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