16 Days of Activism was an international campaign in 2021 to raise awareness about Violence Against Women and Girls and call for action to end it. The campaign ran from 25th November (UN Day For the Elimination of Violence against Women) to 10th December. Across London, boroughs organised a range of events, programmes and campaigns to tackle violence against women and girls and to raise awareness. These included:
Bexley will be launching their One Stop Shop, which will provide support and advice for people experiencing domestic abuse, as well as delivering training on understanding coercive control. Forward UK will be delivering workshops on a range of issues.
Brent will be holding a vigil to remember women and girls lost to violence and will hold a “Time to Talk” about women’s safety event, where women and men are encouraged to come along and share their experiences.
The City of London Police, in partnership with the City of London Corporation, St John’s Ambulance and Victim Support, will be running night hubs during the 16 Days and throughout the Christmas period, to provide a place of safety for residents. City of London and partners will also be working with businesses to raise awareness of support services for employees who have affected by VAWG.
Havering will be running social media campaigns around VAWG and will holding a webinar, which will include survivor voices.
Lewisham Council and the VCSE Sector will be delivering a range of events. Signhealth will be delivering events around tackling Domestic Abuse in the Deaf community and the Council is organising a Domestic Abuse Summit for professionals and residents.
Kingston Council has been working with members of the Safer Kingston Partnership to organise a number of events that members of public and professionals can attend. Events include training for local businesses on safety of women at night and marking achieving White Ribbon Accreditation.
Merton will be delivering training events for professionals, including on so called honour based violence and forced marriage.
Southwark Council will be hosting and supporting a programme of learning sessions and seminars. These events will highlight the many forms of violence against women and girls and consider ways in which we can work together towards a future where this abuse and violence is no longer tolerated or legitimised. These include sessions on tech abuse, supporting the Latin American Community and sessions for male allies.
Tower Hamlet’s programme includes an Alternative Jack the Ripper Tours, to learn more about the history of women in the East End as well as free information sessions for local residents.
Waltham Forest and their VCSE partners are delivering a range of training and awareness raising events, including sessions on advocating for Black & Asian Survivors of Domestic Abuse, Working with Perpetrators of Domestic Abuse and Talking about Prostitution.