• 16 Days of Activism 2015 – What is happening around Bristol?

    November 25 is the UN day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

    Why this day?

    According to the United Nations:

    • Violence against women is a human rights violation
    • Violence against women is a consequence of discrimination against women, in law and also in practice, and of persisting inequalities between men and women
    • Violence against women impacts on, and impedes, progress in many areas, including poverty eradication, combating HIV/AIDS, and peace and security
    • Violence against women and girls is not inevitable. Prevention is possible and essential
    • Violence against women continues to be a global pandemic. Up to 70 per cent of women experience violence in their lifetime.

    So what about Bristol?

    Based on a population of 432,500 (ONS 2012 Mid-Year Population Estimate), the Home Office estimates that14,273 women and girls aged 16-59 in Bristol have been a victim of domestic abuse in the past year. The figure is much higher if we include women above 60 years old and men of any age.

    In addition, compared to other core cities in England, Bristol is ranked the third highest reported for sexual offences per thousand population. Estimates suggest that 43,340 women in Bristol are likely to have been raped or sexually abused at some point in their lifetime.

    90% of UK responses to Hollaback‘s international survey on street harassment in 2014 said they first experienced harassment on the street before reaching the age of 17, and 63% of women reported that they had been groped or fondled within the last 12 months.

    Sexual exploitation has also been highlighted as a key issue in Bristol with a number of high profile cases. Exploitation constitutes a form of coercion and violence, detrimental to the person’s physical and mental health and can include sexual or economic exploitation.

    We don’t have any specific statistics for Bristol but in the UK over 2,400 children were victims of sexual exploitation in gangs and groups between 2010 and 2011 and over 230 children were known to be trafficked for sexual exploitation in 2014. In 2014, 2,340 people were also identified as potential victims of trafficking, 671 of these were children.

    So what can we do about it?

    There are a series of events starting on November 25 and continuing across the 16 Days Call to Action ending 10 December.

    Please get involved, show your support, raise awareness and fundraise!

    If you would like to add an event here, please email us info@bristolwomensvoice.org.uk

    ZT brochure imageBristol Zero Tolerance – What does it mean to you?
    Thursday, November 26th
    12:30- 2:30pm, the Unitarian Chapel, Brunswick Square, BS2 8PE

    This is an opportunity for women to come together to discuss what Bristol becoming a city with a Zero Tolerance to gender-based violence, abuse, harassment and exploitation would mean to them and what needs to happen for this to become a reality.

    This will feed into the new Bristol Zero Tolerance initiative and allow women to raise the issues that are most important to them and where they think the most change can be made across the city. You can also take part in the Bristol Zero Tolerance photo campaign as part of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.

    Bristol Zero Tolerance is a new initiative working towards Bristol becoming a city free from gender-based violence, abuse, harassment and exploitation. Bristol is the first city in England to take on this challenge and we hope that it will inspire other cities to implement similar initiatives. We are working with the City Council and other bodies to bring together existing action on gender-based violence across the city and are encouraging and supporting other organisations to sign up and take action on this important issue.

    This is a lunch-time event so that women can drop in at any point during their lunch break and also to avoid women travelling in the dark. Refreshments will be served.

    This event is for those who identify as women and who live, work or study in the city of Bristol.

    How to book:
    To book your place at the event please contact vicki@bristolwomensvoice.org.uk and let us know if you have any access or dietary requirements.

    women's aidDomestic Abuse: It’s Your Business
    Thursday 3rd December
    10:30 to 12:30, M Shed, Princes Wharf, Wapping Road, Bristol, BS1 4RN

    Working in partnership with Bristol Zero Tolerance, Women’s Aid are launching a new initiative with Bristol City Council, Domestic Abuse: It’s Your Business at the M Shed on Thursday 3rd December.

    Women’s Aid will be working with local businesses in Bristol and across Avon and Somerset to provide free training on the impact of domestic abuse. We will provide you with the necessary knowledge and skills to respond effectively to any employee that may be experiencing domestic abuse and to make the workplace an environment in which employees feel encouraged and safe to disclose.

    For more information click here.

    candlelit marchNext Link Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Services Candlelit March
    Wednesday 25th November

    4:30pm, Queens Square, Bristol

    The march is part of End Violence against Women Week and Thursday 25th November is a pivotal date within the week and marks the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence against women.

    The procession will leave Next Link, 5 Queen Square at 4.30pm and make its way to College Green. Here, at 5pm, two larger candles will be lit 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 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.

    reclaim the nightReclaim the Night
    Friday 27th November 
    7pm, Queens Square

    On 27 November University of Bristol Student’s Union will be taking to the streets of Bristol as part of Reclaim the Night, a national movement against sexual violence and for gender equality.

    It will be starting at 7pm at Queen’s Square and end at Bristol Student’s Union where there will be stalls and music etc.

    For more info click here.

    end it nowEnd it Now
    Tuesday 24 November,
    Students’ Union Frenchay, Union 1 Engagement Space, 17:30 – 19:00

    End It Now is a student led campaign seeking to support UWE students when faced with sexual violence, domestic violence, hate crimes and harassment. We want to make sure EVERY student feels safe, supported and empowered.Discuss the campaign, how you can get involved, ideas for events and activities, meet others passionate about making change or simply find out more! Click here to email for more info.

    If you would like to add an event here, please email us info@bristolwomensvoice.org.uk

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