Supporting an end to violence against women
2020 has seen us having to hide behind closed door in fear of coronavirus and spreading it to our loved ones. But what if the fear from within is greater than that posed outside and our so called ‘loved one’ are the cause of it?
While the last nine months have been difficult for most, for those subject to domestic abuse and violence, they’ve been even worse.
Studies show that the incident rate for violence, harassment and abuse, particularly towards women and girls, has risen substantially during the coronavirus pandemic.
Working to prevent homelessness, particularly amongst those who are most vulnerable in our society, we at Turning Lives Around (TLA) are only too aware of how significant a factor domestic abuse and violence can be in women and girls becoming homeless. We see many who’ve left home, in fear of their lives and feeling they have no other choice, despite not having anywhere else to go.
It is in solidarity with these women and girls that we are again supporting this year’s White Ribbon Day and International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25.
The global White Ribbon movement seeks to end male violence against women by engaging with men and boys and encouraging them to make a stand against violence towards women. White Ribbon Day, organised by White Ribbon UK, aims to raise awareness of this.
International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women highlights how violence against women and girls is still one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today.
Violence against women and girls comes in many guises – domestic abuse, sexual violence and harassment, human trafficking, female genital mutilation and child marriage – yet it remains largely unreported due to the stigma and silence surrounding it.
To mark these important awareness days while informing and educating ourselves, TLA’s Domestic Violence and Abuse Group is embarking on 16 Days of Action. From November 25 for 16 days, we will be circulating 16 second messages relating to the impact of violence and abuse in a bid to kickstart the conversation and enable us to be more aware while carrying out our day to day work.
We are also encouraging our team members to watch a talk by American activist Tony Porter on the impact violence against women has had on his life and why he’s determined it will be better for his children and grandchildren.
Spreading the net of awareness a bit wider, we will be posting a video on our website and Twitter page demonstrating our own support for victims of abuse. Why not show your support by checking them out?