16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence17/11/15
A 16 DAY programme of events and activities in Dundee to highlight violence against women is set to launch later this month.
The city’s Violence Against Women Partnership is marking the 24th annual international campaign to eliminate all forms of gender based aggression.
Running from November 25, the International Day of No Violence Against Women to December 10 which is Human Rights Day, the campaign will symbolically emphasise that violence against women is a violation of human rights.
Every year the Dundee Violence Against Women Partnership works with member organisations and national groups to organise a programme of awareness raising activities.
This year the programme includes a range of events to attract people living in Dundee, as well as professionals working in the field, to come together to support the elimination of violence against women in all its forms.
Among the events taking place will be “Consent” an interactive workshop on rape and sexual assault suitable for a wide range of professionals working with women.
Based around a full-length feature film recreating a rape trial, participants will be introduced to key agencies supporting women experiencing rape and sexual assault in Dundee. It takes place at the Cairn Centre on Thursday November 26 from 9.30am to 4.30pm.
A Reclaim the Night March will take place on Thursday December 3 in Dundee city centre from 6.30pm for two hours. Marches have taken place at night across the UK as a protest against “victim-blaming” which advises women to stay off the streets at night to avoid the risk of sexual violence or harassment.
David McIntosh chair of the Dundee Violence Against Women Partnership said: “Violence against women and girls is unacceptable in any form and will not be tolerated in Dundee.
“We are working with all local partners, including communities, to help to prevent and eliminate it.
“I would encourage people in Dundee to support this campaign by taking part in any way they can”.
Violence against women can include domestic abuse, rape and sexual assault, sexual harassment and intimidation, stalking, commercial sexual exploitation, female genital mutilation (FGM), forced marriage and so-called ‘honour’ based violence.