The story of Blue Umbrella Day
About Blue Umbrella Day
Blue Umbrella Day is an awareness day, marked in diverse countries, that aims to draw attention to the need to provide appropriate protection to boys to support their wellbeing.
Blue Umbrella Day is an initiative of Family for Every Child, a global alliance of children’s organisations that work together to improve the lives of children and families worldwide.
It is part of a wider programme of work tackling sexual violence affecting boys, including regional research on Caring for Boys Affected by Sexual Violence and our United for Boys Charter. We are committed to increasing the global focus on this under-supported issue, promoting the rights of both boys and girls so that all children can live in a world free from sexual violence.
About Family for Every Child
Family for Every Child is a global alliance of Changemaker organisations that work together to improve the lives of vulnerable children and families around the world.
Each of our Changemaker organisations is an expert in their area and local context, and brings unique knowledge to our global network. By enabling collaboration across borders, we share our models and expertise and come together with a stronger, united voice through campaigns such as Blue Umbrella Day.
About the founders of Blue Umbrella Day
Family’s joint projects are devised by our member organisations, and Blue Umbrella Day was created by a Working Group focusing on the harmful social norms that perpetuate sexual violence affecting boys.
This Working Group is made up of four women from Family for Every Child’s member organisations; from Guyana, India, Paraguay and the Philippines. Each of these members is an expert in their field, with extensive experience of supporting children affected by sexual violence.
These professionals noticed that harmful social norms relating to gender mean that many boys are not given the same level of adult protection and guidance that is given to most girls. They had observed that this was leaving boys unnecessarily exposed to a range of dangers that could be avoided or reduced. Blue Umbrella Day is one of their solutions to tackling these harmful social norms.