16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence

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A 16 DAY programme of events and activities in Dundee to highlight violence against women is set to launch this weekend.

The city’s Violence Against Women Partnership is marking the worldwide 26th annual campaign to eliminate all forms of gender based aggression.

Running from Saturday (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.

Each year the Dundee Violence Against Women Partnership works with member organisations and national groups to bring together a programme of awareness raising activities.

This year the theme is β€œLeave No One Behind: End Violence against Women and Girls” and 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.

The 2017 international campaign aims to highlight the activities of women in the Middle East, focusing specifically on Lebanon, where women are leading a wave of change on different fronts, including a focus on the Syrian refugee crisis.

Ann Hamilton independent chair of the Dundee Violence Against Women Partnership said: β€œThis year the programme contains the usual mix of entertaining, thought-provoking, educational and participatory events for professionals and the public.

β€œFor me the highlights will include the Reclaim The Night March on Thursday November 30; and the public lecture by Anni Donaldson who is a specialist in domestic abuse and violence against women research, policy, service provision and teaching on Tuesday December 5.

β€œViolence against women and girls is unacceptable in any form and will not be tolerated in Dundee and I would call on everyone to support the campaign by taking part in the 16 days of activism in any way they can.”

The full programme of activities can be found at www.dundeecity.gov.uk/sites/default/files/publications/16dayscalendar.pdf

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 β€˜honour’ based violence.

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