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16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign that starts on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs until 10 December, Human Rights Day.

16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence16 Days - Toolkit

The National Violence Against Women Network have developed a toolkit of resources to add value to local 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaigns across Scotland. This toolkit supports a number of activities which can be progressed locally and nationally to maximise the impact of this year’s campaign (25 November – 10 December 2021).

The toolkit includes:

  • Images of the National Network logo to be used on campaign materials and virtual meeting backgrounds. The logo banner images have been updated to include this year’s theme of #LightUp and the slogan #WhatWillYouDo.
  • Infographics and animations on key statistics/messages relating to Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) and gender equality.
  • A template communications schedule for social media during the 16 Days campaign.
  • A template schedule for local summits on VAWG, including themes/discussion questions.

Download the toolkit here

In order to showcase the use of this toolkit and activity across Scotland, please take pictures and videos of your activity during 16 Days and send to vaw@improvementservice.org.uk

16 Days - Calendar of events

As part of 16 Days, this page will host an online calendar of events to promote and share the activity going on across the National VAW Network and any other activity relating to 16 Days in Scotland. To add your event to this calendar please contact samantha.keogh@improvementservice.org.uk

Thursday, 25 November 2021

16 Days of Action Opening Event

Location: Online, 10.00am - 12.00pm

Angus Violence Against Women Partnership are hosting an online multi-agency learning event. Guest speaker Ryan Hart will be sharing his lived experience of being a child of domestic abuse and how this impacted his upbringing and his family. Ryan and his brother Luke raise awareness of domestic abuse after their father murdered their mother and sister. More information on their journey can be found on their website.

Please note: currently only open to multi-agency professionals in Angus

Register for 16 Days of Action Launch Event


Awareness Raising Webinar: Domestic Abuse & BME Women

Location: Online, 10.00am - 2.00pm

Awareness raising training for any practitioner or interested individual. Organised by Shakti Women’s Aid.

Register for Domestic Abuse & BME Women


GBV Research Forum Online Seminar, hosted by the University of Glasgow

Location: Online, 1.00pm - 2.00pm

Women’s experiences of victim blame from agencies – Amy Beddows, London Metropolitan University

Register for the GBV Research Forum Online Seminar


Dumfries & Galloway Leaders’ Event

Location: Online, 2.00pm - 4.30pm

This event will be delivered in partnership with IS. Improvement Service and will aim to identify multi-partnership priorities to jointly tackle the extensive impact of Violence Against Women and Girls.


Art/History & Violence against Women

Location: Online, 2.00pm - 5.00pm

A Contemporary Art and Art Historical perspective of violence against women, presented by In-GEAR at DJCAD, University of Dundee

Register for Art/History & Violence against Women


Reclaim the Night March – Launch Event

Location: Dundee, 6.15pm

March led by WRASAC, meeting at City Square, outside Caird Hall, Dundee.


White Ribbon Event

Location: Glasgow Central Station


Light Up - Dumfries & Galloway

The Council HQ on English St, the Oasis Youth Centre and the Youth Enquire Service will light up green, white and purple to mark the 16 Days Campaign.

Friday, 26 November 2021

White Ribbon Status Campaign in Angus

Location: Online, 10.00am - 11.00am

This multi-agency learning session will be ideal for any male who wants to pledge towards ending GBV in Angus or anyone who wants to hear more about the campaign.

Register for White Ribbon Status Campaign in Angus


Perth & Kinross VAWP Official Launch

Location: Perth Concert Hall, 11.00am - 12.00pm

Featuring John Swinney MSP

Register for Perth & Kinross VAWP Official Launch


Scottish Women’s Rights Centre. An update: Brexit the EU Settlement Scheme and women living with abuse

Location: Online, 11.00am - 12.00pm

This short, informational webinar is designed for violence against women organisations and support workers in the UK. The webinar will feature practical case studies and a Q&A with speakers from the Scottish Women’s Rights Centre and Citizens Advice Scotland.

Register for An update: Brexit the EU Settlement Scheme and women living with abuse


Awareness Raising Webinar: BME, LGBT+ & Domestic Abuse

Location: Online, 11.00am - 12.30pm

Awareness raising training for any practitioner or interested individual. Organised by Shakti Women’s Aid.

Register for BME, LGBT+ & Domestic Abuse

Saturday, 27 November 2021

Feminist Song Writing Workshop – Be Charlotte (In Person)

Location: Generator Project, Dundee, 5.00pm - 6.00pm

Learn how to write feminist songs with local Dundee singer IAMBECHARLOTTE.

Register for the Feminist Song Writing Workshop


Police Information Stall

Location: Throughout East Lothian and Midlothian

There will be a number of police stalls located throughout East Lothian and Midlothian from today until the end of 16 Days. If you are interested, please contact Alannah.Juchniewicz@scotland.pnn.police.uk or Michele.Lindsay@scotland.pnn.police.uk

Monday, 29 November 2021

Building Moral Rebels to Prevent Violence

Location: Joan Knight Studio, Perth Theatre, 10.00am - 1.00pm

This event showcases the 'Bystander Moment' by Jackson Katz.

Register for Building Moral Rebels to Prevent Violence


Good Practice in Domestic Abuse and Safe & Together Principles

Location: Online, 10.00am - 11.30am

Multi-agency learning event held by Angus Violence Against Women Partnership

Please note: currently only open to multi-agency professionals in Angus

Register for Good Practice in Domestic Abuse and Safe & Together Principles


Equally Safe at School

Location: Online, 4.00pm - 5.00pm

Equally Safe at School has been developed by Rape Crisis Scotland to support and guide secondary schools through a process of embedding a set of holistic measures to prevent gender-based violence. Hosted by the Angus Violence Against Women Partnership.

Please note: currently only open to multi-agency professionals in Angus

Register for Equally Safe at School


‘The Accused’ Film Showing and Discussion

Location: The Birks Cinema, Aberfeldy, 6:30pm - 8pm

Register for ‘The Accused’ Film Showing and Discussion

Tuesday, 30 November 2021

Commercial Sexual Exploitation in South Lanarkshire #Whatwillyoudo?

Location: Online, 1.00pm - 4.00pm

Speakers from a variety of organisations looking at how we can support women involved in selling or exchanging sex in South Lanarkshire and will provide space for you to reflect on what you can do as an individual or organisationally to improve how we work with women.

Register for Commercial Sexual Exploitation in South Lanarkshire


Mental Health and GBV

Location: Online,  5.00pm - 7.00pm

Errin Mathieson and WRASAC Dundee talk about recognising the signs of poor mental health, how to approach people sensitively about mental health, and how to reduce the stigma surrounding it. Linking specifically to gender-based violence.

Register for Mental Health and GBV


Women's Support Project: Dying to Divorce (15) – Screening

Location: Glasgow Film Theatre, 5.45pm

Filmed over five years, Dying To Divorce takes viewers into the heart of Turkey’s gender-based violence crisis and the recent political events that have severely eroded democratic freedoms. Through intimately shot personal stories, the film gives a unique perspective on the struggle to be an independent woman in modern Turkey.

The screening will be followed by a panel and audience discussion. The event is organised in collaboration with the Women’s Support Project.

Register for Women's Support Project: Dying to Divorce

Wednesday, 1 December 2021

VAW Summit

Dundee Partnership


White Ribbon Talk, Documentary Screening and Discussion

Location: Dumfries & Galloway, 10:30am-12:30pm

Register for White Ribbon Talk, Documentary Screening and Discussion

Thursday, 2 December 2021

White Ribbon Status Campaign in Angus

Location: Online, 12.30pm - 1.30pm

This multi-agency learning session will be ideal for any male who wants to pledge towards ending GBV in Angus or anyone who wants to hear more about the campaign.

Register for White Ribbon Status Campaign in Angus


Right to Ask – Disclosure Scheme for Domestic Abuse Scotland (DSDAS)

Location: Online, 5.00pm - 6.00pm

Did you know that people in Scotland have the right to ask about the background of their partner or of someone they are seeing if they think the person has been abusive in the past?

Learn more about the Right to Ask in this interactive session that will be delivered in partnership with Police Scotland.  There will be an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the session.

Register for Right to Ask – Disclosure Scheme for Domestic Abuse Scotland


Reclaim the Night March

Location: Civic Hall, Perth, 6.00pm - 7:30pm


EAC VAWP Online Conference

Location: Online

Various speakers, including an ‘Ask the Police’ section by PS Markin.

Friday, 3 December 2021

‘The Accused’ Film Showing and Discussion

Location: The Birks Cinema, Aberfeldy, 6:30pm - 8.00pm

Register for ‘The Accused’ Film Showing and Discussion (Aberfeldy)

Saturday, 4 December 2021

Creative Art/GBV Talk by Hayley Whelan (In Person)

Location: Generator Project, Dundee, 3.30pm - 6.30pm

Creative artwork from Hayley Whelan surrounding the safety of women in our streets and GBV.

Register for Creative Art/GBV Talk by Hayley Whelan

Monday, 6 December 2021

Seminar - People Trafficking: A Local Problem

Location: Joan Knight Studio, Perth Theatre, 10.00am - 1.00pm

Register for People Trafficking: A Local Problem


Launch of EmilyTest's gender-based violence (GBV) Charter for universities and colleges

Location: Online, 11.00am - 12.30pm

Students, university and college staff, GBV campaigners, charity sector professionals, and the public are invited to attend a presentation of the new Charter and take part in a Q&A.

Register for Launch of EmilyTest's gender-based violence (GBV) Charter for universities and colleges


The Role of the Domestic Abuse Liaison Officer

Location: Online, 11.00am - 11.30 am

Angus Violence Against Women Partnership and Police Scotland

Please note: currently only open to multi-agency professionals in Angus

Register for The Role of the Domestic Abuse Liaison Officer


Disclosure Scheme for Domestic Abuse Scotland

Location: Online, 11.30am - 12.00pm

Angus Violence Against Women Partnership and Police Scotland.

Please note: currently only open to multi-agency professionals in Angus

Register for Disclosure Scheme for Domestic Abuse Scotland


The Role of the Sexual Offences Liaison Officer

Location: Online, 1.30pm - 2.00pm

Angus Violence Against Women Partnership and Police Scotland.

Please note: currently only open to multi-agency professionals in Angus

Register for The Role of the Sexual Offences Liaison Officer


White Ribbon Status Campaign in Angus

Location: Online, 4.00pm - 5.00pm

This multi-agency learning session will be ideal for any male who wants to pledge towards ending GBV in Angus or anyone who wants to hear more about the campaign.

Register for White Ribbon Status Campaign in Angus


Keys To A Safer Future/Unlock Our Fists (WRASAC)

Location: V&A, Dundee, 6.00pm - 8.00pm

Write a message on a tag and tie it with a key to the waterfront fencing.

Register for Keys To A Safer Future/Unlock Our Fists

Tuesday, 7 December 2021

Q&A with Chair and Lead Officer of Angus Violence Against Women Partnership

Location: Online, 11.30am - 12.30pm

Hosted by Ewen West (Independent Chair) and Niki McNamee (Lead Officer)

Please note: currently only open to multi-agency professionals in Angus

Register for Q&A with Chair and Lead Officer of Angus Violence Against Women Partnership


Good Practice in Domestic Abuse and Safe & Together Principles

Location: Online, 2.00pm - 3.30pm

Multi-agency learning event held by Angus Violence Against Women Partnership

Please note: currently only open to multi-agency professionals in Angus

Register for Good Practice in Domestic Abuse and Safe & Together Principles


Reclaim the Night Walk - Irvine

Location: Bridgegate, Irvine

Bridgegate to Harbour Art Centre, ending with the Chairman for the White Ribbon Campaign delivering a speech.


Reclaim the Night Walk - Ayr

Location: Ayr Academy, 6.00pm - 7:30pm

Wednesday, 8 December 2021

Scottish Women’s Rights Centre: Forced marriage and the rights of women in Scotland

Location: Online, 11.00am - 1.00pm

This informational webinar is designed for violence against women organisations and support workers in Scotland. It will be useful for third sector staff and volunteers, community based organisations and anyone

Register for Forced marriage and the rights of women in Scotland


An Audience with Kirsty and Jordan

Location:  Online, 2.00pm - 3.00pm

A conversation about Children and Families; Justice; Domestic Abuse; Partnerships; and Professional Journeys.

Hosted by Angus Violence Against Women Partnership

Please note: currently only open to multi-agency professionals in Angus

Register for An Audience with Kirsty and Jordan


Young People’s Songwriting Competition and Concert

Location: Oasis Youth Centre, Dumfries, DG1 1LW, 7.00pm - 9.00pm

To enter, please email your song to youth.work@dumgal.gov.uk with a brief description about the song and yourself. Deadline for entries: 6 December

Thursday, 9 December 2021

GBV Research Forum Online Seminar, hosted by the University of Glasgow

Location: Online, 1.00pm - 2.00pm

Post-separation economic power and control – Jenn Glinski, University of Glasgow

Register for the GBV Research Forum Online Seminar


Outdoor Art at Baxter Park by Jo Craig

Location: Baxter Park, Dundee, 12.00pm - 3.00pm

Come and create a spectacular outdoor art piece made with glow in the dark paint - silhouette of woman. You will be invited back to see this poignant piece illuminated after dark.

Register for Outdoor Art at Baxter Park


Dumfries & Galloway Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre Online Open Evening for Professionals and Interested Community Members

Location: Online, 4.30pm - 6.00pm

The event will bring together staff, board members and volunteers from the organisation to talk more about the work they do and the support they offer region-wide, both to survivors of sexual violence and to local organisations.

Register for Dumfries & Galloway Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre Online Open Evening

Friday, 10 December 2021

National Summit - Violence Against Women: The Shadow Pandemic

Location: Online, 10.00am - 12.30pm

COSLA, Improvement Service, Public Health Scotland, Scottish Government, Police Scotland.

Concluding the calendar of events taking place across Scotland this year to mark 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, this event aims to:

  • Share and amplify key learning that has arisen throughout the Covid-19 pandemic on collective progress, opportunities and challenges experienced by organisations working to improve outcomes for women, children and young people affected by gender-based violence;
  • Strengthen commitment amongst senior leaders and decision-makers to support the development and implementation of the next phase of Equally Safe: Scotland’s Strategy to Prevent and Eradicate Violence Against Women and Girls; and
  • Identify and agree tangible actions that we can take individually and collectively to deliver a joined-up, cross-policy response to tackling gender-based violence, that ensures all women, children and young people in Scotland are equally safe.

Register for Violence Against Women: The Shadow Pandemic


Light Up With Us

Location: In your own home/community/workplace, 6.30pm

Light your candle/shine your torch/display your poster. Share this on social media with the hashtags #whatwillyoudo and #lightupwithus


Light Up The City

Location: Dundee City Centre, 6:30pm

DVAWP will be turning some Dundee landmarks orange, purple and green to raise awareness of gender- based violence. Come along and see, take photos and share to social media with the hashtags #whatwillyoudo and #lightupwithus


Dance With Us

Location: V&A, Dundee, 6.00pm

To coincide with the light up of the city, DVAWP will be performing a dance event outside the V&A, Dundee.

Register for Dance With Us