Sold Out Support for Activism Events23/11/15
Hundreds of people in Dundee have backed an international campaign that highlights the issue of violence against women.
A programme of public events and activities organised by the city’s Violence Against Women Partnership has sold out just days after its launch.
Running from Wednesday (November 25) the International Day of No Violence Against Women to December 10 which is Human Rights Day, the campaign symbolically emphasises that violence against women is a violation of human rights.
This year’s programme has been oversubscribed by people living in Dundee, as well as professionals working in the field, who are coming together to support the elimination of violence against women in all its forms.
Among the sold out sessions are an interactive workshop on rape and sexual assault suitable for a wide range of professionals working with women called: “Consent” and the Gender Based Violence conference including a performance by a representative from the National Coalition of Men Against Sexism in the US.
The only event not sold out is open to anyone who who wants to attend for free. The Reclaim the Night March takes place on Thursday December 3.
Starting at 6.30pm marchers will gather in Dundee city centre and show their solidarity 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
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