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Since its inception in 1991, 16 Days of Activism has increasingly raised awareness about gender-based violence on a global level. Now international, non-governmental organisations and governments support the campaign. In recent years, it has become even more recognised due to social media activism.

 

A case study found that the 16 Days of Activism campaign has benefitted women by giving them an opportunity to speak out, educating institutions and communities about gender-based violence, and by making the issue more visible in society.

 

DRiNKLiNK has joined thousands of organisations to support this campaign and to spread the word about gender-based violence. We share information on how to recognise different forms of violence and how to get help.

 

We have selected both international and local organisations that you can turn to if you, or someone you know, need support:

 

UN Women

Founded in 2010, UN Women works together with governments and organisations in order to prevent gender-based violence by, for example, educating men and boys about the issue. The organisation supports data collection and promotes initiatives, such as Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces which focuses on preventing sexual harassment in public places.

 

End Violence Against Women International

EVAWINTL focuses on improving outcomes for victims of violence and protecting them. They achieve this by forming new policies, educating professionals, policymakers and the public, developing resources and partnering with other organisations. EVAWINTL hosts webinars and online training, a great way to learn more about the issue during COVID-19.

 

Refuge

Refuge offers temporary accommodation to women and children in need, community support, culturally specific services and support for victims of human trafficking and modern slavery. They are a UK based organisation committed to empowering women and children. Refuge operates a 24-hour national domestic abuse helpline on 0808 2000 247.

 

Grampian Women’s Aid

Grampian Women’s Aid offers support to women and children in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire who experience domestic abuse. You can contact them if you are in need of refuge, information, or other type of support. They also offer training sessions on domestic abuse. You can contact them at 01224 593381.

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