16 Days of Action Violence Against Women 25th November – 10th December 2013

10 December, 2013

16 Days of Action Violence Against Women
25th November – 10th December 2013

Women’s Aid in Antrim, Ballymena, Carrickfergus, Larne and Newtownabbey each year raise awareness of the significance of these dates from 25th November – International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women until 10th December – International Human Rights Day.  For the 16 Days between these 2 dates we have been highlighting that violence against women, worldwide, is a violation of human rights. 

In 2008, Women’s Aid joined the White Ribbon Campaign, which runs for the 16 days between 25th November and 10th December.  The White Ribbon Campaign is an international campaign, originating in Canada in 1991 by men in opposition to other men’s violence against women.  Signing up to the campaign, and wearing a White Ribbon, signifies the wearer vows:

‘Never to commit, condone or stay silent about violence against women’.

‘This year Carrickfergus Women’s Aid have organised several events to raise awareness of violence against women. 6th form pupils from two local schools (130 pupils) debated “should a woman stay in an abusive relationship” and took part in the string exercise which shows the many barriers and external agencies a woman has to overcome and meet in order to keep her children and herself safe.

Local Churches have also read out our pulpit message which is:
Atrocities against women and girls are committed every day in every country.  At least one out of every three women has been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in her lifetime, according to a study based on 50 surveys from around the world.  In the UK, on average, two women per week are killed by a male partner or former partner.  In Northern Ireland, PSNI respond to an incident of domestic violence every 19½ minutes of every day and almost 30% of all murders in 2012-2013 had a domestic abuse motivation.

During this year, Women’s Aid in Antrim, Ballymena, Carrickfergus, Larne, and Newtownabbey, supported 1510 women experiencing abuse and 7261 children and young people accessed services through Education and Prevention work in schools and the Make It Better Project.

Women staff and volunteers also made white ribbons for the tree that sits outside the Sarah Centre to highlight the 16 Days.

For further information about the 16 Days of Action or to wear a white ribbon badge please contact Brenda Leslie 07708459565 or Rachel McClure 07841204541.