16 Days of Action

The 25th November is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and marks the start of 16 Days of Action to End Violence Against Women. The 16 Days of Action takes place every year in countries all over the world, to tackle violence against women and engage public local activism to fight for this cause and ends on Human Rights Day which is the 10th December.

There are a number of events during the annual 16 Days of Action from 25th November to 10th December to raise awareness of gender based violence with the aim of preventing and ending violence against women and girls. Some of the events will be held in South Ayrshire but also pan Ayrshire in partnership with the North and East Ayrshire Violence Against Women Partnerships.

Events

As part of the International 16 days of action campaign to eliminate all forms of gender based violence, including domestic abuse, the South Ayrshire Violence Against Women Partnership is hosting a Dog Walk in Rozelle Park, Ayr on Saturday 23rd November at 11am.

Dog fostering – Annie’s story

Annie was in an abusive relationship and was ready to move to safe accommodation. Unfortunately Annie could not take her dog with her and she was reluctant to leave her pet with her abusive partner. South Ayrshire Women’s Aid contacted the Dogs Trust Fostering Service on Annie’s behalf. The Dogs Trust sent through some paperwork which was completed with Annie over the phone and the dog was put in foster care very quickly. Annie was then happy for her dog to go to a permanent home.

“The service was excellent, and although I did not want to part with my dog, he has gone to a loving home. If not for the dog fostering service I would have stayed in that relationship for the sake of my pet and I dread to think what would have happened.” Annie Brown

Violence against women

If it were between countries, we'd call it a war.
If it were a disease, we'd call it an epidemic.
If it were an oil spill, we'd call it a disaster.
But it is happening to women, and it's just an everyday affair.
It is violence against women.

It is sexual harassment at work and sexual abuse of the young.
It is the beating or the blow
that millions of women suffer each and every day.
It is rape at home or on a date.
It is murder.

There's no secret enemy pulling the trigger.
No unseen virus that leads to death.
It is only men.
Not all men, but far too many men …………..
………… and just who are these men?

Just regular guys.
Men from all social backgrounds and of all colours and ages.
Rich men and poor men,
men who toil in the fields
and men who sit behind desks.

Michael Kaufman
Founder Member of The White Ribbon Campaign (WRC)

The WRC is the largest effort in the world of men working to end men's violence against women. In 1991, a handful of men in Canada decided they had a responsibility to urge men to speak out against violence against women. They decided that wearing a white ribbon would be a symbol of men's opposition to men's violence against women. After only six weeks preparation, as many as 100,000 men across Canada wore a white ribbon. Many others were drawn into discussion and debate on the issue of men's violence.

South Ayrshire Multi-Agency Partnership to tackle Violence Against Women and Children fully supports the White Ribbon Campaign and promotes the campaign as part of the annual ’16 days of action’.

White Ribbon Campaign

For more information about the campaign in Scotland see: www.whiteribbonscotland.org.uk