The ’16 Days of Action’ is an international campaign that calls for the elimination of violence against women and children. It was started by the Centre for Women’s Global Leadership in 1991. The 16 Days run from November 25th (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) through to December 10th (International Human Rights Day).

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Campaign

Whilst this campaign focuses specifically on male violence against women, it recognises that all genders can be subjected to gender-based violence, in all its forms. We know, however, that in the vast majority of cases these acts are carried out by men against women, reflecting the continuing inequalities between men and women in society.

Consent Cafes

Forth Valley Rape Crisis Scotland is hosting a series of free consent cafes open to women and girls in the area. The consent cafes will be a safe space to discuss and explore what consent means in healthy relationships as well as the meaning of consent in the law.

  • Wednesday 4th December Riverbank Resource Centre, Stirling 11-1 pm Thursday 5th December
  • Doyles Café & Deli, 78 Buchanan Street Balfron 11-1 pm Monday 9th December
  • Callander Youth Project, Bridgend Callander 11-1 pm

Events

The events outlined and information available in this booklet are aimed to raise awareness of the wide range of help that is on offer. We want to open up spaces for those who are currently experiencing, or have experienced gender-based violence, to speak about what is happening, or has happened, without fear or prejudice, ridicule or judgement. Please share this booklet, come along to one of the events detailed and make the 16 Days a time when we all speak out against violence to create a safer world for women and girls.

Please come along to one of the events and help us to make the 16 Days a time when we all speak out collectively against violence, creating a world that does not tolerate violence and is safe for anyone suffering from gender-based violence.

Gender-Based Violence

Gender-Based Violence is generally abuse and harm perpetrated mostly against women and young girls on the basis of their gender. The types of abuse include domestic abuse, sexual abuse, rape, stalking, sexual commercial exploitation and female genital mutilation. Men and those who identify as LGBTi also experience gender-based violence. However, we know from statistics that women and girls experience this disproportionately.

One of the most important things we will be doing is listening to the voices of survivors of domestic abuse and we’ve created an online survey to gather this information. It is completely confidential and should take no more than 15 mins.

Who should complete it?

Anyone who lives in Scotland is over 16 and has experienced domestic abuse (which can include physical, sexual and emotional/mentally abusive behaviour) from a partner or ex-partner. We want to hear from as wide a range of survivors as possible.

This can be those who accessed services as well as those who may not have looked for specialist support. It also doesn’t matter if the abuse was historical or more recent. We understand that thinking about these experiences can be hard, and there is no obligation to answer questions that feel too difficult. We have included the details of organisations who can offer support and advice to survivors of abuse at the start of the survey.

Why?

We definitely don’t have all the answers, and there is much more to do to gather the required evidence to give us the full picture. Whole Lives Scotland provides us with the opportunity to understand what we know, what we don’t, and what might need to happen next.

The project looks to build on the knowledge and expertise of those who have worked or do work in frontline support roles, coupled with the voices of those who know best – victims and survivors with lived experience of domestic abuse. What the survey tells us will be used to directly lead the recommendations and guidance that we create so it is a real opportunity to have your voice, or that of the people you may work with, heard with those who make a change.

 

 

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