16 Days of Activism against gender based violence

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PEOPLE from all over Dundee are set to show their support for one of the world’s biggest campaigns on preventing violence against women and children.

From tomorrow (November 25) until December 10 a varied programme of events in the city will provide opportunities for participants to show solidarity through creating, dancing, marching and lighting up.

Ann Hamilton chair of the Dundee Violence Against Women Partnership said: “This year’s programme of events is one of the most exciting and interesting we have ever put together in Dundee.

“That is not only fitting as we emerge together from the restrictions placed on us by the pandemic but also because we are at a critical moment when the focus on the perpetrators, systems and physical spaces which enable male violence against women and children is more intense than ever.

“A considerable amount of effort has gone into this year’s programme and I would encourage as many people as possible to take part and show their support in whatever way they can.”

A march to reclaim the night will take place tomorrow (THURSDAY) evening leaving City Square at 6.15pm led by WRASAC with participants from other women’s organisations. The route will call at a number of points of interest with the final stop at Bonar Hall where there will be refreshments and information stalls as well as a chance to meet the organisers and ask questions.

Other highlights of a packed programme include a feminist song writing workshop, talks on mental health and gender-based violence, creative art and gender-based violence and outdoor art at Baxter Park. All of the events have limited places and while free, need to be booked in advance.

As the 16 Days reaches its conclusion people are being encouraged to show their solidarity by helping light up the whole city with candles, torches and fairy lights outside their homes at 6.30pm on Friday December 10.

At the same time prominent city buildings including the V&A, Police Scotland’s office in Bell Street, St Mary’s Tower at the City Churches and McManus Galleries will be lit up in orange, purple and green to mark the occasion.

A dance event, also on the final day, will showcase the energy and excitement of campaigning with participation from city secondary schools. Oor Fierce Girls will set the scene, with the dance programme getting underway outside the V&A Dundee at 6.30pm.

The routine is in two parts, the first is being choreographed by young people from city schools and will be performed by them. The second is being choreographed to ensure it is as accessible as possible for people with all levels of mobility and will have BSL interpreters and dancers among the performers.

As well as a programme of activities for the public to get involved, a series of activities for professionals working in the field has also been developed, including workshops and a summit.

Full details of this year’s programme and how to get involved can be found at https://www.dvawp.co.uk/news/16-days-activism-2021

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