Campaign to eliminate violence against women

A LOCAL information and educational blitz will back up the international ‘16 days of Action for the Elimination of Violence Against Women’ campaign.

East Dunbartonshire Multi-Agency Domestic Abuse and Violence Against Women Partnership held a launch event on Monday Woodhill Evangelical Church in Bishopbriggs and throughout the 16 days, posters and banners 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.

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

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 is sadly an endemic problem. It’s not something that only happens in other countries, it happens here in this country everyday and in our own neighbourhood.

“By getting involved in 16 Days of Action, we want to help raise awareness and remove the stigma attached to this abuse of power by letting everyone know that violence against women, in all its forms, is never acceptable.

“All council 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.”

White ribbons will be available free of charge for members of the public in council buildings.