16 days of action to eliminate violence against women

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East Dunbartonshire Council and its partners are supporting the international ‘16 days of Action for the Elimination of Violence Against Women’ campaign by raising awareness in the community.

To mark the start of the campaign Empowered - the new name for the East Dunbartonshire Multi Agency Partnership Violence Against Women - is holding a launch event on Monday, November 25 at Kirkintilloch Leisure Centre.

Invited guests will hear from speakers from Empowered, Freedom from Torture and East Dunbartonshire Association for Mental Health before being shown the powerful drama ‘The Letter Box’, which highlights the situations faced by many women experiencing violence at home.

Throughout the 16 Days of Action, posters with helpline numbers and the slogan ‘East Dunbartonshire Says No to Violence Against Women’ will be displayed.

To reinforce the message further, all licensed premises will be encouraged to use specially designed beer mats with information on the campaign. Merchandise such as key rings, water bottles and sports bags will also be distributed.

This year’s international theme is ‘From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Let’s Challenge Militarism and End Violence against Women’.

The campaign aims to raise awareness and highlight the unacceptability of male violence towards women.

World Health Organisation statistics show that one in five women will experience domestic abuse at some time in their life and more women are killed as a result of male violence than by car accidents, cancer, malaria and war - combined.

Rhondda Geekie, leader of East Dunbartonshire Council, said: “Violence against women, in all its forms, is never acceptable and by getting involved in 16 Days of Action we want to raise awareness and remove the stigma attached to this abuse of power.

“Sadly it is an endemic problem; it’s not something that only happens in other countries, it happens here in this country every day and in our own neighbourhood.

“We want to encourage individuals, organisations and public services to take action on the commitments they have made to ending violence against women. Every action, no matter how big or small, can make a difference.

“East Dunbartonshire Council is committed to supporting women and children who experience violence. All Council customer facing employees are being encouraged to wear a white ribbon to show support of the campaign and we hope that anyone affected by this problem can find the strength to reach out for support.”