COSLA supports 16 Days of Activism - Day 10

As this year’s 16 Days Campaign draws to an end, COSLA highlights some of the events and initiatives delivered by Violence Against Women Partnerships (VAWPs) across Scotland in the second week of the campaign, to raise awareness of the suffering that gendered violence causes and the role that our communities play in recognising it, preventing it and supporting victims.

Highland VAWP hosted Artist Sue Beveridge’s exhibition in Nairn throughout the campaign. The exhibition uses digital and textile media to encourage reflection and debate around Female Genital Mutilation and the Western stereotypes surrounding it.

The Violence Against Women Awareness Workshop organised by Glasgow VAWP on Monday 3rd December promoted discussion on the root causes of domestic abuse, the extent of the problem and resources available locally for information and support.

‘Empowered Woman Project’ founder Mandy Rose Jones gave a talk in the Borders town of Hawick on Tuesday 4th December, about her one-woman project to change the way women experience the world around them.

Angus VAWP hosted ‘Hidden Voices – the local and national pictures of Sexual Exploitation’ on Thursday 6th December. The workshop focused on women’s experiences of sexual exploitation in Scotland and explored the legal and strategic frameworks in place to protect and support women involved in the industry.

North Ayrshire VAWP invited local people to get involved in and sign the White Ribbon campaign’s Pledge during the 16 Days. The campaign is addressed at men and boys and aims at challenging male cultures that lead to harassment, abuse and violence whilst promoting a culture of equality and respect. With Pledge signing and information stalls across the council, people in North Ayrshire were encouraged to wear white ribbons and in doing so pledge ‘to never commit, condone or remain silent about men's violence against women’.

This selection is only a small portion of the numerous initiatives and events that have taken place across Scotland over the past 16 days, raising awareness of the work that councils – and their partners – take forward year-round to prevent and eradicate violence against women in all its forms.

COSLA looks forward to taking part in the 2019 ‘16 Days of Activism’ campaign and continuing to champion the crucial role local government plays in preventing gendered violence and abuse, supporting victims and holding perpetrators to account. 

Article published: 
Fri, 07/12/2018 - 10:01