If you’re looking to show your support for women, you can do just that by purchasing a scarf this week.

This International Women’s Day (March 8), Esprit has teamed up with UN Women National Committee (NC) Australia to launch a purple scarf with all proceeds going to helping to prevent violence against women & girls in the Pacific.

The Pacific region is one of the most dangerous places in the entire world to be born a girl. Julie McKay, head of the UN Women NC Australia, says the Pacific region has some of the highest rates of violence against women compared to any other region.

“We are supporting UN Women NC Australia for the fourth year in a row because in our minds there are few issues more vital, nor more urgent than addressing the continued levels of violence against women and girls in the Pacific,” says Chris Laverty, head of Esprit Australia and New Zealand.

Unfortunately, violence often begins at an early age for girls in the Pacific region. In Vanuatu for example, 30% of women experience child sexual abuse under the age of 15, whilst 41% report a forced first sexual experience. In Fiji, one third of females who experience violence are girls under 16.

If you’re looking to show your support for women, all you need to do is make your way into an Esprit store and buy a scarf for $39.95. The scarf has been colour matched to represent the official International Women’s Day purple hue, it’s soft, warm and perfect for Autumn and Winter layering. Plus, you’ll be doing your part to show support for women internationally.

The scarf is also available online from Esprit.