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16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence 2018 in Bristol

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence 2018 in Bristol

Find out what is going on locally and how you can get involved this year to celebrate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls on November 25th followed by the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence running until Human Rights Day on December 10th.

The United Nation’s theme this year is #HearMeToo so in Bristol we will be raising our voices to address gender-based violence and work towards our vision of creating a Zero Tolerance City.

The other theme is ending gender-based violence in the world of work so we will be working with our local business partners and those in the night time economy to continue to raise awareness and make change in their sectors.

We will be supporting local events, hosting some of our own, and doing at least one thing every day so keep an eye on our social media and please share and publicise to get the word out loud and clear!

What does our blog say?

Monday Nov 26th – Ending gender-based violence in the world of work.

What can you do?

  • Follow @BristolZT on Twitter and Bristol Zero Tolerance on facebook and Instagram to share and re-post and keep an eye on our blog for more
  • Book on to our Situational Awareness and Self-Defence sessions in December to learn how to take up public space and defend yourself if needed – find out more here
  • Get involved and support other local events and campaigns (see below)
  • Let people know about our updated Signposting Guide to local and national gender-based violence services so that they can get support if they need it
  • Encourage your workplace, local venues or educational institution to sign up to Bristol Zero Tolerance and get involved
  • Book a Women’s Aid ‘Domestic Abuse: It’s Your Business’ training for your workplace or organisation
  • Plan an event between November 25th – December 10th to raise awareness of the issue of gender-based violence, share information and raise money for local gender-based violence services. E.g. have a coffee morning/cake sale/film showing/banner making workshop with donations going to local services

Get involved in the SARSAS Chalk Challenge!

Somerset and Avon Rape and Sexual Abuse Support (SARSAS) will be chalking messages of support to survivors of rape and sexual abuse across our area during the 16 Days of Activism.

With an average of 61 women raped or sexually assaulted across Avon and Somerset each week this campaign will show much needed solidarity to survivors. Harmful rape myths are still out there impacting on survivors and creating an environment where people are not believed. People who have experienced rape and sexual abuse need to know we stand with them.

Join SARSAS in sending out messages of support by:

  1. Writing a chalk message of support in a public space
  2. Taking a picture
  3. Posting to social media with the #SARSASChalkChallenge hashtag

Find out more and get involved here.

What is happening in Bristol?

Thursday November 22ndNext Link Candlelit MarchThe procession will leave Next Link at 4.30pm and meet at College Green at 5pm Met at Next Link, 5 Queen Square BS1 5JQ and walk to College GreenNext Link is inviting people to join its candlelit march to highlight the number of women and children affected by Domestic Abuse and Rape and Sexual Abuse.

At College Green two large candles will be lit by survivors to symbolise the two women who die each week through domestic abuse in this country. There will also be a minutes silence for gatherers to pay their respects to those whose lives have been affected by domestic abuse, rape and sexual assault.

If you can please bring a jam jar or portable tealight holder- tealights and hot chocolate will be provided before the march.

For more details contact sarah.o’leary@nextlinkhousing.co.uk
Monday November 26thPanel discussion: UWE Speaks Up Against Violence and Abuse3-5pmFrenchay Campus, X Block, 4X113A new campaign has been launched to help UWE Bristol students speak up and report unacceptable behaviour such as harassment, discrimination and violence. Speak Up has been introduced this term to raise awareness and prevent these types of incidents on campus.

In recognition of the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, UWE Bristol is hosting a panel discussion to continue conversations around violence and abuse.

Join us to:
· Hear from our panel of experts in the field about what UWE is doing
· Ask questions to the panel
· Join in the conversations
· Learn about the Speak Up Campaign and collect your Speak Up badge

Meet the panel:
Chair: Professor Jane Harrington. Deputy Vice Chancellor and Provost

Professor Kieran McCartan. Sociology and Criminology, Leader of the Social Science Research Group (2013 - ongoing) and joint coordinator of the Sexual Violence Research Network (2014 – ongoing)

Dr Helen Bovill. Associate Head of Department Research, Principal Academic Investigator HEFCE Catalyst Fund: Inclusive Campus. Social Norms marketing campaign

Kate Peters. Deputy Head of Accommodation

The Students’ Union at UWE: Rachel Colley, Community Manager, and Augusta Chidinma Nnajiofor, VP Community & Welfare

Anthea Sully – Chief Executive at White Ribbon UK, ending male violence against women

Cost: Free
Event for students and staff
Email: Speakupinfo@uwe.ac.uk
Tuesday 27th NovemberReclaim the Night March banner making6-7.30pmHannah Moore Room, Bristol University Student's Union, Richmond Building, 105 Queens Rd, BS8 1LNGet ready to Reclaim the Night! Come to our banner making session with your best witty phrases or empowering messages to put on boards, paper, signs and banners in preparation for the march at the end of this month.

We will provide A3 card, paint and bamboo sticks. If you want anything extra special to make your sign stand out or you have any big pieces of cardboard bring them along!

Find out more here.
Friday November 30thWomen of Lawrence Hill: The Findings10:30am-2pmBarton Hill Settlement, 43 Ducie Road BS5 0AXBristol Women's Voice have had the privilege of consulting with 100 women in the Lawrence hill area, geographically the closest ward to the Temple Quarter development. This ward is economically disadvantaged, we wanted to ensure businesses investing in the area could use the data to influence policy and employ local women to support the local economy.

We have had an amazing journey with the Women of Lawrence Hill, and can now showcase the full findings and the film journey of our project.

Find out more here
Friday November 30thReclaim the Night6.30-10pm Queen's Square to Bristol University Student Union, Richmond Building, 105 Queens Rd, BS8 1LNMeet us in Queen Square at 6.30pm. The march will begin at 7pm.
Bring banners, instruments, and a warm coat!

Together we will march through the streets of Bristol. Please note: the exact route will be posted closer to the time.

We will head towards the Richmond Building, where Bristol SU's Anson Rooms will play host to speakers and stalls from various local organisations. The event will then culminate in an evening of speeches, performances and more! This will showcase and celebrate the work of the exceptional and diverse women of Bristol.

Find out more here
Friday November 30thWe Are Warriors preview6-9pmArnolfini
16 Narrow Quay
BS1 4QA Bristol
United Kingdom
We Are Warriors is a sound and light installation created by Helen Cole, In Between Time’s Artistic Director/CEO, and is commissioned by Bristol Women’s Voice for the Deeds Not Words programme of events to mark the centenary year of women’s suffrage.

Over 100 women aged 8 – 85 from across Bristol have contributed their voice to We Are Warriors to empower future generations in the fight for women’s equality.

At the workshops it was inspiring to hear what women today would like to say to future generations of women:

“Keep on challenging, keep together, keep strong”

“Never stay silent. Be united”

Join us to celebrate the incredible women and girls that have added their voice and place your light in the evolving installation.

Find out more here
Saturday December 1stWorld Aids Day 2018: The 30th Anniversary18th November - 1st DecemberVarious venues across BristolBrigstowe have collaborated with friends, colleagues, partner organisations - and of course, people living with HIV - to bring you this special programme of events, information and stories to mark the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day.

Through the programme they remember those people they have lost to HIV/AIDS over the years, but they also celebrate life and look forward to what still needs to be done in the fight against HIV.

Find out more here
Tuesday December 4thGender, Sexuality, Bodies and Identity conference12-7pmThe University of the West of England, Bristol, Frenchay Campus, Conference CentreWe are very pleased to be able to offer an excellent programme of events, featuring key note speakers from Rutgers School Of Social Work, New Jersey, Dr Victoria Banyard and Dr Sarah McMahon who will be presenting on: Building better campus bystanders: Future directions for preventing gender based violence.

Alongside this we will have a further international contributor Dr Katie Edwards from University of New Hampshire and talks from three of the local universities: UWE, University of Bristol and University of Bath, which will showcase current work from the range of affiliated research groups and centres.

The day will end with a showing of ‘The Rape of Recy Taylor’: ‘A 90 minute documentary about a 24-year old black mother and sharecropper who was gang raped by six white men in 1944 Alabama.’ She spoke up long before the #MeToo movement.’

This conference has a booking fee of £10 but is otherwise free to attend, places and parking are limited so please book asap following this link

Please contact Dr Helen Bovill, Associate Head of Department Research and Scholarship, Department of Education and Childhood, UWE helen2.bovill@uwe.ac.uk if you have any questions about the day.
Tuesday December 4thDoes my ad look big in this? - Feminist responses to corporate advertising.

A guest talk with Nadia Craddock
7-8.30pmMild West Room, Hamilton House, Stokes Croft, Bristol, BS1 3QYJoin Adblock Bristol and the Bristol Street Harassment Project for a guest presentation from Nadia Craddock on the subject of body image and sexism in corporate advertising.

Nadia Craddock is a former Research Associate and PhD candidate at the Centre for Appearance Research (CAR) at the University of West England. Her work explores whether big business can foster positive body image, and if so, how, and under what conditions. In addition to her PhD research, Nadia produces and hosts the Centre for Appearance Research's monthly podcast..

See more here.
Wednesday 12th DecemberSister Courage: Training on street safety

Workshop 1
7-8.30pmEvents Space, Hamilton House, Stokes Croft, Bristol, BS1 3QYThis series of workshops looks at reclaiming control for women in situations where harm may become present.

The first workshop starts with Situational Awareness, which trains the observer to explore the environment for points of advantage or threat. This increases confidence in the decision-making process which enables women and girls to set boundaries earlier and therefore limit harassment and abuse to a bare minimum.

Find out more here.
Wednesday 19th DecemberSister Courage: Training on street safety

Workshop 2
7-8.30pmEvents Space, Hamilton House, Stokes Croft, Bristol, BS1 3QYThis series of workshops looks at reclaiming control for women in situations where harm may become present.

The second workshop looks at developing a toolkit of de-escalation tactics through use of voice and physical presence. This assists in establishing healthy boundaries and reframing victimisation through greater recognition that responsibility for conflict and abuse is never the victim’s.

Find out more here.
Thursday 20th DecemberSister Courage: Training on street safety

Workshop 3
7-8.30pmEvents Space, Hamilton House, Stokes Croft, Bristol, BS1 3QYThis series of workshops looks at reclaiming control for women in situations where harm may become present.

The final session is all about simple physical self-defence for those moments when conflict has become unavoidable. Rather than the traditional presentation of risk and threat on all sides which can only promote avoidance strategies, the desire here is to foster proactivity sooner, so women and girls can assert themselves before the threat level rises.

Find out more here.


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