16 Days of Action and the White Ribbon campaign


 Briefing note: 16 Days of Action and the White Ribbon campaign


What are the 16 days of Action?


The 16 Days of Action for the Elimination of Violence against Women is a global initiative, seeking to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls around the world.  The 16 Days run from 25th November (the UN International Day of Elimination of Violence against Women) to the 10th December (Human Rights Day).


You can find out about local events at safeinthecity.info/16-days-of-action


What is the White Ribbon Campaign?

 The White Ribbon Campaign recognises the positive role that men play in preventing violence against women, based on the understanding that most men are not violent.  It is therefore a means for men to speak out against violence and abuse and to safely challenge the attitudes and behaviours of a minority of men who use or condone violence against women.

White Ribbon Status – which Brighton & Hove secured in 2013, 2015 and for a third time in 2017 – is awarded to organisations that demonstrate their commitment to involving men and boys as ambassadors in the mobilisation of entire local communities to engage in awareness raising activities; addressing and altering social norms leading to violent behavior against women and girls; and providing services aimed at reducing the incidence towards anyone at risk of interpersonal abuse and violence.


You can also your support for the campaign all year round by pledging never to commit, condone, or remain silent about violence against women and girls in all forms by wearing a white ribbon on the day.

For more information about the campaign, visit whiteribboncampaign.co.uk


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Calendar of Events


Locally, over 16 Days, a range of agencies, groups and individuals are coming together to work to end all forms of violence and abuse with events ranging from awareness raising in the community, making sure people know where to go for help and support and sharing stories about people’s experiences, recovery and work.


Date of Event Title of Event Description of Event
24th  November 2018 Queer Bash: Surviors’ Network Birthday Party


Part Drag Show, Part Club Night. Celebrate the 28th birthday of Survivors’ Network! All Inclusive, All Accepting.
26th November 2018 BHCC and ESCC 16 Days of Action Conference


Brighton & Hove City Council and East Sussex to host a full day conference for professionals working across both authorities to launch the 16 Days of Action. The Conference will focus on two key topics, the findings from the DCLG funded LGBTQ refuge provision and the work being developed around working with perpetrators of domestic abuse.
29th November 2018 Pathways to Recovery and Wellbeing


An event to raise awareness of services available to those with alcohol and substance misuse issues, as well as their families and carers, and provide advice and signposting towards other services that might be of benefit.
29th November 2018 Visions of Stalking


This exhibition has been designed to raise public awareness of the impact of stalking with contributions from artists who have both personal and professional experience of stalking. It is a chance for people to share their stories through visual expression and hopefully have found some therapeutic benefit along the way.
30th November 2018 Reclaim the Night Brighton


Reclaim the Night is a demonstration to protest street harassment and rape culture: a march through town followed by an after party.
5th December 2018 Safe(r) Spaces: One-Day exhibition Survivors’ Network have produced a new photography project of spaces that survivors feel safe, discuss what a safer space looks like to you, and watch new short films on the work we do at Survivors’ Network.
1st December 2017 Supporting Women who Sex Work


This free taster session, delivered by Brighton Oasis Project’s Sex Worker Outreach Project, is a training event that is aimed at professionals in health, housing or social care services and explores different aspects of commercial / transactional sex, key issues and risks and what support is available and how to encourage and respond to disclosure.