16 days of action against gender-based violence

Council backs a global campaign aimed at eliminating violence against women

16 days of action

The 16 Days of Action against gender-based violence is an annual campaign that kicks off on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs until 10 December, Human Rights Day.

It was started by activists at the inaugural Women's Global Leadership Institute in 1991 and is now co-ordinated by the Centre for Women's Global Leadership.

In North Lanarkshire, sessions will take place to make people aware about a new App designed to record incidents of stalking and a seminar focusing on women's economic inequality and links to violence against women has been organised for December. 

An animation that aims to help understanding of consent in relation to sexual relationships will also be launched during the 16 days.

Des Murray, Chief Executive of North Lanarkshire Council, explained: "We are proud to be supporting this campaign, which is used by organisations around the world to call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls.

"The theme for this year is "Orange the World: Generation Equality Stands against Rape!"

"In recent years, the voices of survivors and activists, through campaigns such as #MeToo and #TimesUp and others, have done a huge amount to raise the issue of sexual violence, so much so that it cannot be silenced or ignored anymore."

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