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Violence against women

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

16 Days of Action 2020

In 1999, the United Nations officially recognised 25 November as International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

The White Ribbon is a symbol of hope for a world where women and girls can live free from the fear of violence. Wearing the ribbon is about challenging the acceptability of violence – by getting men involved, helping women to break the silence, and encouraging everyone to come together to build a better world for all.

The 25 November also marks the start of the 16 Days of Action to tackle violence against women, which runs until 10 December each year.

You can show your support for the 16 Days of Action by using the banner (available as a download from this page) on your email signature.

What you can do

White Ribbon Scotland is a campaign to involve men in tackling violence against women.

Most men do not commit violence against women but White Ribbon Scotland feel all men have a role in ending it.

If we all start by making a pledge never to commit, condone or remain silent about men’s violence against women in all its forms that will make a huge difference.

Take the pledge on the White Ribbon Scotland website.

Tackling Violence Against Women - Downloadable Banner

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24 Nov 2021

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