This year, on 25th November our teams marked the UN Day to eliminate violence against women as well as the following 16 Days of Activism by hosting a range of events across Yorkshire. Violence against women includes rape, female genital mutilation and forced marriage as well as domestic abuse and these annual days of activism challenge all of us to play our part in preventing violence and in making our society fairer and more equal. We wanted to recognise women's experiences and bring people together to encourage them to take action.
Over the 16 Days of Activism, we launched our #PalmPledge; 100 people pledged their palm by leaving a handprint and a message of support.
On 25th November, we hosted a candle-light vigil in central York attended by over 60 people with speakers including Rachael Maskell MP.
In Barnsley, we held a conference with representatives from 100 local businesses and partners. Events were also held with refuge residents who took part in the Palm Pledge and wrote their own messages. In Craven, the team held a breakfast meeting for partners to find out more about our services. We were delighted with the support from across Yorkshire.
To get involved with 16 Days of Activism next year, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.