White Ribbon Day 2020
White Ribbon Day is held each year on November 25th. It is also known as the International Day for the Eradication of Violence against Women and marks the beginning of 16 days of activism surrounding issues of violence against women, sexual violence and domestic abuse.
The New Pathways team has a lot planned for these 16 days and we’ve kicked it off this morning with an all-staff Zoom call where we held up 149 white ribbons as part of the Gwent #149challenge.
In 2018, 149 women were killed by men in the UK. More than half were killed by a former spouse or partner, and almost all of them were committed by a man known to the victim. The Gwent Police are running the #149challenge to raise awareness of these issues and we were happy to participate. Read more about the challenge here.
Participants were offered a creative space to explore their feelings and ideas on Welsh legislation to better support survivors of Violence Against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (VAWDASV).
They were asked to submit drawings, paintings, songs, poems, and any other kind of artwork they could think of to address the following issues:
- Increasing awareness and challenging attitudes of violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence across the Welsh population.
- Building awareness for children, young people and adults on the importance of safe, equal and healthy relationships and that abusive behaviour is always wrong.
- Making early intervention and prevention a priority.
Check out the art gallery here.