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Since it began as the one-year Daphne Initiative in 1997, ‘Daphne’ has become an important part of NGO and public authority action in Europe. This programme to combat violence against children, young people and women in Europe, and to support victims and reduce vulnerability to violence, has brought together the experience of hundreds of individuals and organizations and has broken new ground in research and action in favour of Europe’s most vulnerable citizens.
Since Daphne began, those participating in the programme and contributing to its output have reported that ‘belonging to Daphne’ has opened doors for them, allowing them access to authorities and funds that were once difficult to mobilize. It became clear that some form of logo or emblem would further allow organizations running Daphne projects to identify their participation in this important European Commission initiative, and users across Europe and beyond to recognize publications, audio-visual materials and other output as originating in the Daphne experience.
On 15 September 2005, therefore, the European Commission launched the ‘Daphne logo’. This distinctive logo is used by the Daphne Programme and those participating in it to identify projects and products supported by the Daphne Programme:
The logo embodies a number of elements that broad consultations suggest embody the spirit of Daphne:
… and why the name ‘Daphne’ at all? Because in ancient Greek mythology, Daphne was a pure, innocent young woman pursued by the god Apollo who had fallen in love with her. Desperate to fend off Apollo’s sexual advances, Daphne called upon her father, the river god Peneus, to help her. As Apollo touched her, the god turned Daphne into a laurel bush, daphne in Greek.
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