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Coventry unite for campaign raising awareness about violence against women


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The global theme for this year’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, which will run from 25 November to 10 December 2021, is “Orange the world: End violence against women now!”


The Global 16 Days Campaign was launched in 1991 and has been used worldwide to call for the elimination of gender-based violence. It is run annually from November 25 (International Day Against Violence Against Women) to December 10 (International Human Rights Day).


This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Global 16 Days Campaign. To commemorate the anniversary, the campaign will have an additional special theme focusing on femicide. The term “femicide” was established by feminist researcher and author Diana Russell in the 1970s, in the hope that by highlighting the killing of women as a specific type of male violence against women, governments and other actors would take steps to reduce such killings worldwide.


Today through until Friday 10th December, Coventry City Council will be raising awareness of Domestic Abuse through the 16 Days of Action campaign. This year marks’ the 30th anniversary of the Global 16 Days Campaign.


Elaine Yates, CEO for Coventry Haven Women’s Aid said: “Coventry Haven WA recognise 16 days of action against gender-based violence as an important opportunity to raise awareness and to call for action to end violence against women. We have supported this campaign over many years – and never has this message felt more poignant than in this year which has highlighted the serious issue of women’s safety in society.  


“There is still a lot of work to do around domestic abuse in the city, and our consortia commits to working together in the long term to further develop services that are accessible to all.”


5,167 groups in 187 countries have contributed to promoting and supporting these 16 Days, since its launch in 1991. Large organisations such as the world-renowned Amnesty International and World Health Organisation support and celebrate the 16 Days, as well as far more local, grassroots projects.


This is all part of a citywide domestic abuse strategy running from 2018 to 2023, which was set out to tackle the on-going crime. This has influenced the way the commissioned services have been brought together, and also focuses on preventing honour-based violence and forced marriage.


Cllr Pervez Akhtar, Deputy Cabinet Member for Policing and Equalities, who said that supporting victims and preventing domestic abuse in all its forms is a priority for the city, added:


“We are very conscious of the reality of the impact that domestic abuse has on its victims and their families and the 16 Days of Action campaign is a great reminder of the clear strategy in place for Coventry, which aims to improve the response from all agencies to incidents of domestic abuse and remove barriers which prevent some communities from seeking help.


“All of us need to be vigilant. We need to help understand domestic abuse in all its forms and support victims to bring these crimes out into the open.”


Written by: David Watkins

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