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16 days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence 2022

Perth & Kinross Council is taking part in an international campaign to tackle gender-based violence.

'16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence' is an annual event that aims to raise awareness and encourage individuals and organisations across the world to call for the prevention and end of gender-based violence.

This year's campaign kicks off on 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) and runs until 10 December (Human Rights Day).

In support of the campaign a series of events have been arranged throughout Perth and Kinross to explore the various forms of gender-based violence and raise awareness of the issue.

The theme of this year's events in Perth and Kinross is "Protecting People".

The start of the 16 Days will be launched on Friday 25 November at 11am by John Swinney, Deputy First Minister and MSP for Perthshire North at Perth Concert Hall, along with a performance by Rock Choir.

Other events will include a 'Reclaim the Night March' through Perth to show solidarity with women, an art display by Perth Women's Collective, a seminar on "Transforming the response to the domestic and intimate abuse of older people", and much more.

Further local events, information and booking details will be highlighted on Perth & Kinross Council's social media platforms so everyone is encouraged to keep an eye out for these.

MSP John Swinney said: "I am pleased to launch this year's campaign and to lend my whole-hearted support to preventing and eliminating gender-based violence.

"It is important that we all continue to send a clear and unequivocal message to perpetrators that such abuse is unacceptable, whilst also highlighting that there are avenues of support available for victims.

"I am thankful for the efforts of all those involved in organising this year's campaign, and I commend them for the important work they are doing to help address an issue that plagues the lives of too many people."

Perth & Kinross Council's Housing & Social Wellbeing Committee Convener Councillor Tom McEwan said: "I'm delighted to see the support for this important cause in Perth and Kinross and pleased that we're once again joining organisations across the area to tackle gender-based violence.

"Our programme of events over the 16 Days of Activism will play an important part in highlighting the different issues surrounding abuse and how to recognise the signs of gender-based violence.

"We want all victims to be aware they are not alone and there is help available. It is possible to break the cycle and start to build a better future for themselves. I encourage anyone suffering from abuse to get in touch with support agencies that will be able to ensure they get the help they need.

"Call our Customer Service Centre on 01738 475000 for advice and to be put in touch with the relevant support agencies."

Last modified on 21 November 2022

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