Campaigning to stop Violence Against Women and Girls:
There are some great international, national and local campaigns to stop Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG). Find out what local organisations are doing to campaign on Violence Against Women and Girls and see how you can join them.
See some of the suggestions below for UK campaigns that you can join:
White Ribbon Campaign: This International campaign aims to engage men and boys to take an active role in ending Violence Against Women and Girls. Wearing white ribbons can be a great signal of support for the campaign and connect people to the cause.
This is Abuse: This is a UK Government Home Office campaign which ran from 2010 to 2014 with the aim of raising awareness about teenage relationship abuse. Although the campaign has now ended, you could use the campaign material to raise awareness across your organisation.
Disrespect Nobody: This is a UK Government Home Office campaign focused on teaching young people about healthy relationships. The website has links to numerous film clips, teaching resources and other sources of information.
Schools against Sexism: This UK Feminista campaign aims to get schools to sign a pledge against sexism. UK Feminista supports people to campaign for a world where women and men are equal. They believe it takes ordinary women and men to stand up and be counted and create the world they want to live in.
Rewind/Reframe: A partnership between End Violence Against Women, Imkaan and Object, provides a platform for young women to challenge sexism and racism in music videos. There is a campaign to take action against artists, film producers and the music industry to change the way that they portray women and BME people.
End Female Genital Mutilation (FGM): The END FGM European Campaign wants the European Union to adopt a comprehensive approach to end female genital mutilation and protect women and girls fleeing their countries for fear of being mutilated. Support their five-point strategy, prepared together with partner organisations, including UK based Forward and Daughters of Eve, experts in the field of law, human rights and development, that calls on the EU to tackle FGM through five key areas of action.
End the detention of asylum seeking women: Join Women for Refugee Women in their campaign to Set her free: end the detention of asylum seeking women. Every year, hundreds of women who have come to this country seeking refuge from persecution are locked up in detention in the UK, many of those women had survived rape and torture. Detention only increases their trauma. Join the campaign to demand an end to the inhumane treatment of vulnerable women.
Think about what you can do to promote these days within the school/youth setting you work in . Try to tie in lessons and activities to the themes of the days and link up to other campaigns happening around the world.