The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence is a global campaign set up in 1991 calling for the elimination of all forms of violence against women and girls. The campaign takes place every year, starting on 25 November, The International day of No Violence Against Women, and finishes on 10 December, Human Rights day.
Nearly 1 in 3 women experience violence in their lifetime. And as seen during the Covid-19 pandemic, in times of crisis, the numbers rise. A new report from UN Women, based on data from 13 countries, shows that 2 in 3 women reported that they or a woman they know experienced some form of violence since the pandemic. Only 1 in 10 women said that victims would go to the police for help.
While pervasive, gender-based violence is not inevitable. It can and must be prevented.
The theme for this year is #whatnext. This is an opportunity to plan and develop services following the Covid 19 pandemic.
For full details of the programme, please see our events diary entry.
There will also be a range of other activities happening across Clackmannanshire to contribute to the campaign such as:
People who feel unsafe, vulnerable or threatened can discreetly seek help by approaching venue staff and asking them for ‘Angela’. This code-phrase will indicate to staff that they require help with their situation and a trained member of staff will support and assist them. This might be through reuniting them with a friend, seeing them to a taxi or calling venue security/the police.
NHS SARCS information and short videos are available and explain what happens if you contact SARCS and what support is available to you if you have been a victim of sexual assault. It includes new information following changes in legislation meaning you can use a SARCS centre without involving the police.
Hospital Radio & Capital FM - There will be information on the radio covering all aspects of gender based violence.
Watch Police Scotland's video Don’t be that guy who stands by and says nothing. Be a mate, which has been made by men on how to speak to friends if their language or behaviour is inappropriate.
Women’s Aid will be delivering a series of prevention sessions in schools across Clackmannanshire.
There will be information on the radio covering all aspects of gender based violence.