16 Days of Activism: Tackling violence against women and girls

Organisations across Falkirk and Forth Valley will take part in 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence, taking place between 25th November and 10th December.

16 Days of Activism is an international campaign started by the Women’s Global Leadership Institute in 1991 and continues to be coordinated each year by the Centre for Women’s Global Leadership.

Starting on the International Day Against Violence Against Women and ending on International Human Rights Day, the dates for the campaign link these issues together and emphasize that gender-based violence against women is a violation of human rights.

What is ‘gender-based violence’?

The term ‘Gender-based violence’ is used to describe the physical, financial, emotional, sexual, or harm and suffering caused in other ways against women and girls. This can include a range of crimes which are overwhelmingly, but not exclusively, carried out by men against women – such as rape, domestic abuse, stalking, and forced marriage.

All gender-based violence stems from the gender inequality – the inequality of power which has existed between men and women, historically and currently.

To learn more about addressing violence against women and girls in Scotland, you can read the Scottish Government’s Equally Safe Strategy or visit the Scottish Women’s Rights Centre.

This year, in Forth Valley, a series of Community Based Events have been organised during ’16 Days’ to raise awareness of these issues and the resources available in the local area. Events include:

  • 25 November, Launch event at Forth Valley College, followed by a walk at the Kelpies that will be lit up for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
  • Stalls and informative sessions at the libraries across the Falkirk Council Area.
  • Stalls at Alloa Spiers Centre.
  • The screening of “She Said” at The Hippodrome, a Cinema in Bo’ness.
  • The “Violence Unseen”, a Zero Tolerance Exhibition at Stirling Bus Station.
  • Pop-ups at the University of Stirling.
  • And much more…
Take part

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence takes place between 25th November and 10th December 2022.

A full programme of events is available below, including online and in-person events and opportunities to get involved, learn, and spread the message of the campaign.

Events Programme

Friday, 25 November

  • 10am-2pm Committed to Ending Abuse drop-in session, Falkirk Library
  • 1:30pm Official Launch: 16 Days of Activism, Forth Valley College
  • 3:30pm Reclaim the Night – Walk to the Kelpies (leaving from Forth Valley College, can also join at Helix playpark at 4pm)
  • 4:30pm ‘She Said’ at The Hippodrome, Bo’ness

Saturday, 26 November

Sunday, 27 November

Monday, 28 November

Tuesday, 29 November

Wednesday, 30 November

Thursday, 1 December

Friday, 2 December

Monday, 5 December

Tuesday, 6 December

Thursday, 8 December

Friday, 9 December