Hundreds of people took part in a series of activities and events marking 16 days of activism against gender-based violence in Tower Hamlets.
The council and its partners organised a packed timetable of webinars, awareness sessions and information events from 25 November, which is White Ribbon Day and the UN’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to Saturday 10 December, Human Rights Day.
White Ribbon Day encourages everyone, including men, to come together to help stop violence against women and girls. It includes signing a pledge to promise to never commit, excuse or remain silent about male violence against women.
Tower Hamlets Council’s Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG) and Hate Crime teams, plus the Women’s Network and Male Allies, encouraged staff at the council to sign the pledge during the 16 days. They secured 213 signatures – almost 50 more than last year.
The council and partner organisations also held a conference attended by 60 people which gave an overview of how perpetrators of domestic violence and those who commit violence against women are being brought to justice. This included police, the council’s licensing department, the Women’s Health and Family Service, Prevent and the Specialist Domestic Abuse Court, among others.
Feedback was very positive, with attendees praising the ‘useful’ and ‘wonderful and informative’ presentations.
Two safety surgeries were held specifically to give women safety advice and hear their concerns, as well as to signpost anyone needing further help and support.
There were also closed sessions, including a domestic abuse briefing and awareness raising session with seven women receiving treatment for substance misuse at Reset Recovery and Treatment Service.
Lutfur Rahman, mayor of Tower Hamlets, said: “1 in 3 women were subjected to at least one form of sexual harassment in the UK in the last year.
“This is a shocking statistic and we are committed to making Tower Hamlets a safe place for everyone.
“These 16 days of activities are just one of the ways we are tackling gender-based violence in Tower Hamlets and we will continue to emphasise that this is not acceptable in our borough.”
Menara Ahmed, the senior VAWG, Domestic Abuse and Hate Crime Manager at Tower Hamlets Council, said: “We really hope these 16 days of activities have opened people’s eyes to the range of gender-based violence that happens around the world every day and what action we can all take to help stop it.
“Thank you to everyone who joined us for these events.”
Posted on Thursday 15th December 2022