COSLA supports 16 Days of Activism - Day 5

Saturday 1st December marks the end of the first week of 16 Days of Activism. Today, COSLA takes the opportunity to shine a light on some of the events and initiatives organised by Violence Against Women Partnerships (VAWPs) across our councils over the past week.
VAWPs are the multi-agency mechanism that deliver Equally Safe at local level and work to prevent violence against women, safeguard the safety and wellbeing of those affected, and hold perpetrators to account for their behaviours.

South Ayrshire
hosted a free working lunch on Monday 26th November aimed at local businesses to raise awareness of the impact of domestic abuse on the workplace. Employers were given advice on how to support staff and the appropriate safety measures to support employees experiencing domestic abuse.

At the 16 Days of Action Civic Reception in Aberdeen on Monday, a range of speakers talked about gender-based violence. A Candlelit Vigil followed the event, featuring a ‘clothesline of hope’; a number of items decorated by victims of gendered violence, expressing their emotions and sharing their stories.

Tuesday 27th November saw staff from Dumfries and Galloway VAWP offer a training session around the Disclosure Scheme for Domestic Abuse Scotland (Right to Ask). The scheme aims to prevent domestic abuse by empowering people with the right to ask about the background of their new partner. It also allows concerned members of the public, such as relatives and friends, to make enquiries about someone’s partner if they are concerned that person has been abusive in the past.

On the morning of Wednesday 28th, Perth and Kinross’ 16 Days Question Time gave the audience the chance to ask questions to a panel from a variety of backgrounds with collective experience of supporting women and girls. Speakers included Rose Fitzpatrick CBE, QPM Chair, former Deputy Chief Constable, Police Scotland; Perthshire Women’s Aid Manager Heather Williams; and Karyn McCluskey, Chief Executive of Community Justice Scotland.

On Friday 28th  Dundee’s Violence Against Women Partnership ran an event aimed at raising awareness of specific forms of harmful practices, such as Honour Based Violence (HBV), Forced Marriage (FM) and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). This was done through short presentations, videos, open discussions and group work.

East Renfrewshire will be hosting Zero Tolerance’s Violence Unseen Exhibition for the entire duration of the campaign. The photographic exhibition explores the types of violence against women that remain unseen and unacknowledged by mainstream society. Find out more about the exhibition here.

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Fri, 30/11/2018 - 09:22