What is it?
Eliminating gender violence is the aim of ‘16 Days of Action’, an international campaign which runs from 25 November until 10 December.
Established in 1991, the campaign raises awareness of the reality of domestic violence and pushes for positive change to increase women's and men’s safety.
In 2015-16 there were 58,104 recorded incidents of domestic abuse in Scotland, and 79% of incidents involved a female victim and male perpetrator. Research has shown that 1 in 10 women in Scotland has experienced rape, whilst 1 in 5 women has had someone try to make them have sex against their will.
The campaign continues to grow every year with more people getting involved and speaking out about gender-based violence.
Why those dates?
The 16 Days of Action run from 25 November, UN International Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day. The campaign spans these 16 days in order to highlight the link between gender violence and human rights.
The 16 days period includes other significant dates like International Human Rights Defenders Day (29 November) and World Aids Day (1 December).
What are the aims of the campaign?
The 16 Days campaign is an opportunity for individuals and groups around the world to call for the elimination of all forms of gender-based violence by:
- increasing women's and men’s safety
- highlighting the nature and prevalence of gender-based violence
- raising awareness of gender violence as a human rights issue
- strengthening local work to tackle gender violence
East Ayrshire Council supports the campaign and is also an affiliated White Ribbon Local Authority Area. White Ribbon Scotland is a campaign to involve men in tackling violence against women. It is a joint initiative by a coalition of organisations, individuals and groups of men around Scotland.