White Ribbon Campaign - 16 days of action

The Domestic Abuse and Hate Crime Team, supported by the wider Community Safety team and partners, is running their annual  '16 days of Action Against Gender Violence' and ‘White Ribbon’ campaign which will run from the 25th November – 10th December. We are hosting a wide range of events and details can be found on the '16 days of action' schedule. The timetable also highlights whether the events are open or not.

The ‘16 Days’ Campaign is an international campaign that started in 1991. Since then, over 5,167 groups in 187 countries have taken part. The ‘16 Days of Action’ run from 25th November, UN International Day of Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10th December, Human Rights Day. The campaign spans these 16 Days in order to highlight the link between violence against women and human rights. Today, women and girls are subjected to many forms of human rights violations solely on the basis of their gender.

Linked to the 16 days of action is the White Ribbon Campaign. The White Ribbon Campaign is the largest effort in the world of men working to end men's violence against women. WRC got started in 1991 when a group of men in Canada decided they had a responsibility to urge men to speak out against violence against women. They decided that wearing a white ribbon would be a symbol of men's opposition to men's violence against women. Wearing a white ribbon is a personal pledge never to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women.

In Tower Hamlets we are proposing to run both campaigns together during the ’16 Days of Action’ marking the fact that no one in Tower Hamlets should condone or commit violence. Show your support by signing the Domestic Abuse Pledge

If you or your organisation would like to get involved with the campaign, please contact the Domestic Abuse Team as we want this to be a ‘Whole Tower Hamlets’ campaign with as much multi-agency involvement as possible!

For more information about the campaign or to support any of the events, please contact the Domestic Abuse Team (domestic.violence@towerhamlets.gov.uk)