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White ribbon promise kicks off 16 Days of Activism

On Wednesday 25 November, Tower Hamlets Council is encouraging male residents to wear a white ribbon as a pledge to end male violence against women. Wearers are making a promise to never commit, excuse or remain silent about male violence against women. Residents can also make the promise by signing the White Ribbon online pledge.

The day coincides with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and girls, marking the beginning of 16 Days of Activism against gender violence. The campaign will run until Human Rights Day on 10 December and is an opportunity for everyone to take action to increase awareness of violence against women and girls.

Violence against women and gender violence refer to a range of abuses that stem from gender inequality and includes violence occurring in the family, within the community and abuse condoned by society.

Forms of gender-based violence include, but are not limited to, domestic abuse, sexual abuse, rape, sexual harassment, stalking, trafficking for the purposes of sexual exploitation, prostitution, ‘honour’ based abuse, forced marriage and female genital mutilation. Gender violence is a human rights issue and an obstacle to women’s opportunities to achieve legal, social, political and economic equality. 

According to the UN, the Covid-19 lockdown measures have resulted in an alarming increase in domestic violence reporting. It’s as important as ever for us all to make a stand against perpetrators of violence against women and girls.

Tower Hamlets Council is working with partners to deliver online training, virtual events and information sessions across the 16 Days of Activism. As part of this, the council’s violence against women and girls’ team (VAWG) has teamed up with Hestia Refuge to run A Country a Day, an online project where people will share their personal experiences of domestic abuse. The series will feature survivor stories from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, India and Pakistan as well as highlighting campaigns running in different countries to tackle domestic abuse.

Sessions will take place from 10 – 11:30am on the following dates:

Monday 30 November – Sri Lanka

Wednesday 2 December – India

Monday 7 December – Bangladesh

Thursday 10 December - Pakistan

Anyone who is interested in attending over Microsoft Teams can contact Serita.Myers@towerhamlets.gov.uk

Posted on Monday 23rd November 2020