This Saturday marks the beginning of ‘The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign’.
This international campaign originated from the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute coordinated by the Centre for Women’s Global Leadership in 1991. It spans from 25th November 2015 ( the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) to 10th December 2015 (Human Rights Day) and is a time to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls around the world.
Women’s Aid have been part of the movement for a number of years raising awareness of domestic abuse and challenging society’s attitude to the subject.
Women’s Aid’s theme this year is ‘Healthy Relationships’ providing an opportunity for to promote healthy relationships with young people and highlight issues and ‘alarm bells’ in relation to unhealthy relationships that they might encounter in the future.
Over the course of the 16 Days Campaign, Women’s Aid will also be posting ’16 Myths for 16 Days’ on their social media in order to help dispel myths and common misconceptions around domestic abuse. Life Law NI are assisting Women’s Aid this year with raising awareness of the 16 Days Campaign and of domestic violence and the protection afforded by the law in Northern Ireland to victims of abuse.
You can learn more about the 16 days Campaign here