International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women/White Ribbon Day


Thursday 25th November marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. This is a day for reflection, solidarity, and activism, driven towards eliminating gender-based violence. Also known as White Ribbon Day, it is a time for everyone to show their commitment to eradicate men’s violence against women. 

Why do we commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women?

According to the UN, 1 in 3 women will experience violence and abuse including domestic abuse, rape and sexual violence, female genital mutilation, forced marriage, sexual exploitation, harassment, stalking, and ‘honour’ based violence. UN Women reports that since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic all types of violence against women and girls, particularly domestic violence, have intensified, referred to as a Shadow Pandemic. 

This inability to live without fear of abuse is why the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women is essential. It is an opportunity to educate each other on matters such as consent and abusive relationships; as well as support survivors of abuse and violence in sharing their stories and seeking help.

What support is available?

Experiences of violence and abuse are different for each individual person. Some women may want to speak to the police, others may not feel comfortable reporting incidents of violence but still want someone to talk to.

New Pathways

If you have experienced sexual assault or rape, whether recently or historically, you can self-refer to New Pathways. During office hours you can call them on: 01685 379310; and out of hours you can call them on their 24 hour SARC services line: 07423437020. They will get you the immediate advice and support you need and police involvement is optional.

Live Fear Free Helpline

If you have experienced domestic abuse, sexual violence and/or violence against women, or are worried about a friend or relative who is experiencing any form of violence or abuse, you can call the Live Fear Free Helpline on 0808 80 10 800 or by text 24/7 on 078600 77 333. 

USW Wellbeing Service

Incidents of abuse have a serious impact on mental health and wellbeing – the Wellbeing team are here to support you with this. You can book an appointment with a Wellbeing Adviser to discuss any problems you are facing and to get ongoing support. 

Orange the World: End the Violence Against Women Now!

The United Nations’ campaign for International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women this year is Orange the World. Iconic buildings and landmarks across the globe will be ‘oranged’ to recall the need for a violence free future.

In addition, the Universal Peace Federation has arranged an online commemoration event on 30th November at 5.30pm. This event will include speakers from charities such as White Ribbon and will focus on the United Nations’ campaign ‘UNITE by 2030 to End Violence Against Women’. You can register to attend the event here and admittance is free.

What is happening at USW?

Academics at USW have established a new research network to work towards the elimination of Violence Against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (VAWDASV).

The research network is led by Dr Sarah Wallace, Senior Research Fellow at the Welsh Institute for Health and Social Care (WIHSC), and Dr Emily Underwood-Lee, Associate Professor of Performance Studies at the George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling University South Wales. It is supported by the Faculty of Creative Industries and PRIME Centre Wales, and is governed by a core group of academics, policy makers, and practitioners from the VAWDASV sector in Wales. It will also be supported by a dedicated member of staff from the Wales Violence Prevention Unit at Public Health Wales.

The aim is to develop an inclusive research community for Wales that provides a safe, open forum to bring together those who are working towards an end to VAWDASV to set the future research agenda, foster collaboration and develop grant applications, undertake high quality research, and work towards the elimination of VAWDASV. 

The research network will officially be launched at an event at the Cardiff Campus on Thursday 25 November. The event will be broadcast on USW’s YouTube channel tomorrow evening at 7.30pm.

Further Support

South Wales Police – including a list of area specific support charities

White Ribbon

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