People and groups throughout East Dunbartonshire have being signing up to a national campaign to eliminate violence against women.
The local involvement in the 16 days of Action campaign – called Empowered – was launched at Douglas Academy in Bearsden.
Fifth and sixth year pupils from Douglas Academy and Bearsden Academy heard from speakers from Empowered, Zero Tolerance, Rape Crisis and Police Scotland. Pupils also learned about the white ribbon campaign, which encourages men to wear a ribbon to signify that they pledge never to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women.
Other events have taken place during the campaign and on Wednesday, December 10, in Hillhead Community Centre, Kirkintilloch, will host an open community session looking at the media’s influence on domestic abuse.
The 16 days of Action will culminate that day in a community event held in Hillhead Community Centre at 12.30pm and will include the launch of Empowered’s website along with the announcement of the competition winner to create a front cover image for Empowered’s local strategy booklet.
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.
Provost Una Walker, who addressed the pupils at the launch event, said: “East Dunbartonshire has been a long time champion of this campaign which demonstrates that violence against women isn’t simply about domestic abuse.
“The 16 days of action is an opportunity for everyone in the area to participate in a great range of community events, activities and demonstrate their support for the campaign.
‘‘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. The work this campaign does every year is going a long way to educating and raising awareness of this very serious issue.’’