16 Days of Activism to End Gender Based Violence
Published: Friday 24 Nov 2017 by Fife Council
Cllr Ross Vettraino
Fife Violence Against Women Partnership
The Fife Violence Against Women Partnership is encouraging Fifers to show their support and back an international campaign to challenge violence against women and girls.
The ‘16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence’ runs every year from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day.
Councillor Ross Vettraino, Convener of the Environment, Protective Services & Community Safety Committee, which the Partnership reports to, explained: “Violence against women is an abuse of women’s fundamental human rights, including health and freedom from torture. Moreover, the physical, emotional and mental toll on the individual, which is brought about by violence, prevents full participation in society, as it limits access to resources and the ability to participate freely in activities such as work and education.
“According to the World Health Organisation, one in three women worldwide have experienced physical and or sexual violence, mostly by an intimate partner. It is a statistic of which we, as a society, should be ashamed and should be the motivation for each and every one of us to do all that we can to eliminate such inhuman behaviour.”
Violence against women takes many forms and can include: intimate partner violence, including physical, sexual and psychological violence; sexual violence; female genital mutilation; forced and early marriages; femicide and trafficking.
Cllr. Vettraino added: “We can all show our support for ending violence against women by supporting our local White Ribbon campaign and sign the pledge never to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women. We can do this online at www.whiteribbonscotland.org.uk and encourage your friends, family and work colleagues to sign it too.”
If you are affected by any form of violence against women, you can get help and support from:
- Police Scotland 101
- Fife Women’s Aid 0808 802 5555
- National Domestic Abuse Helpline 0800 027 1234
- Rape Crisis Helpline 0808 801 0302
- Forced Marriage Unit 0207 008 0151
Tel: 07852 330 044 Contact Ross J Vettraino OBE online
By Post: Fife council, Fife House North Street, Glenrothes,KY7 5LT
Sheila Noble, Co-ordinator (Fife Domestic And Sexual Abuse Partnership)
Tel: 01592-583690 Contact Sheila Noble online
By Post: Brunton House High Street Cowdenbeath Fife KY4 9QU