Sixteen Days of Action

Join the campaign to end violence against women with the Sixteen Days of Action initiative. Peter Gray reports.

This now annual event is dedicated to addressing and taking action to end male violence against women. Taking place from the 25th of November (The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) until the 10th of December (Human Rights Day), the Sixteen Day Initiative has become the focus for countless individuals and groups around the world.

Begun by activists at the inaugural Women’s Global Leadership Institute in 1991, the event continues to resonate with global audiences in the present day with 2021’s campaign promising to be the biggest yet.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The Sixteen Day Initiative underpins the United Nations Secretary-General’s Unite Campaign which aims to end violence against women by 2030′. This campaign calls for global action to increase awareness, galvanize advocacy efforts, and share knowledge and innovations.

The White Ribbon organisation is one of the key advocates of change in the UK. The group undertakes a series of initiatives to support the global campaign including providing education and training for various individuals and groups.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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“On White Ribbon Day Thursday 25 November, and the 16 days to end violence against women that follow, we are asking people in their communities, organisations and workplaces, to come together, and say ‘no’ to violence against women” says the White Ribbon website about the sixteen day initiative.

The group have adopted the message #AllMenCan this year, to highlight the fact that all men can make a difference when it comes to ending violence against women. Whether pledging to never be violent towards a women or calling out violence in your family or local community, men are critical to the campaign.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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So, here are a few suggestions for how you can get involved in White Ribbon Day and the Sixteen Day Initiative:

How many people can you get to wear a white ribbon – Everyone in your workplace? All your friends?

Be active on social media follow us and spread the word using #WhiteRibbon #AllMenCan #MakeThePromise

Find out about becoming a White Ribbon accredited or supporter organisation

Download – Donate -Display the White Ribbon Promise Poster in English and Welsh

 

 
 
 
 
 
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In a year when Sarah Everard, Sabina Nessa and so many others lost their lives due to male violence, it is more important than ever to take a stand and ensure that women and girls can go about their lives free from violence and the fear of that violence.

For more information on the campaign, please visit the White Ribbon website. For more news in London, please click here.

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What: campaigns
When: 25 Nov - 10 Dec 21
Where: Global