As a partnership, a key priority for VAWG is to raise awareness of Violence against Women and Girls and the 16 Days of Action Against Gender-Based Violence is an opportunity to be part of a global campaign to call for an end to gender-based violence.
Starting on 25 November, VAWG strongly encourage you to do anything you can to raise awareness about VAWG. Previous activities have included:
- ‘Honour’ based abuse awareness-raising event held in partnership with Karman Nirvana
- Virtual survivors event ‘A Country a Day’ where survivors of VAWG from around the world spoke about their experiences
- Coffee mornings
- VAWG /misogyny training and awareness sessions
- Outreach stalls
- The ‘Mannequin Challenge’
- ‘Murdered by my Boyfriend’ viewings
The 25 November is also the day chosen by the White Ribbon Campaign (WRC) to encourage men to lead the campaign of ending male violence against women by engaging with men and boys to take a stand against violence. Male allyship is extremely important in tackling VAWG and the WRC encourages awareness-raising events run by and delivered to men and boys ask them to pledge to never commit violence against women and girls. WRC events have been held for many years in the borough and we hope this year will be no different.
If you have volunteers, trustees, community members or your team are delivering any activities during these 16 Days, to raise awareness about VAWG or the WRC please contact Stacey.Bradburne@towerhamlets.gov.uk to let her know what you’re doing and the VAWG Team will help promote the activity to our wide VAWG network.
VAWG are also looking for any organisations who may have creative performers/teachers who would be willing to virtually perform/provide a free webinar on how to begin that art form if someone is interested in expressing themselves that way (e.g. how to start a short story, how to write music, a virtual dance class etc.). For the 16 Days it would be great to have a creative element for those who perhaps but would like a way to present their experiences in a creative way but don’t know where to start and then a short performance to celebrate that art form. No VAWG knowledge required, it could be about female empowerment or positive male role models etc. There’s a lot of flexibility but the real need is the creativity and knowledge of the arts that would really enhance the 16 Days calendar, so open to any ideas/possibilities available.
VAWG would then promote amongst our networks and promote the charity.
VAWG will be publishing their calendar around 30 October so that they can have as much time as possible to promote, so if people can come back to Stacey with any ideas/availability as soon as possible!