End violence against women in Bristol and beyond

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International End Violence against Women Day 2012 is being held on November 25th. This date marks the start of 16 days of activism across the globe in the lead up to Human Rights Day on the 10 December.

In every country, women and girls suffer from widespread and multiple forms of violence. It takes place in the home, on the streets, in schools, the workplace, during conflict and in time of peace. This violence prevents women and girls around the world from living in dignity, violates their fundamental human rights and impedes them from achieving their full potential.

To mark this day, organisations and groups across Bristol are holding a number of events, workshops and conferences to celebrate the great work happening in Bristol in ending violence against women. Below are some of the events taking place across Bristol:

Survivors Conference Monday 26th November:

People Can are holding a conference where professionals and survivors of domestic violence and abuse will be bought together to look into ways of improving domestic violence and abuse support services. Professionals will be representing a number of areas including Housing, Police, Crown Prosecution Service, and Children and Young Peoples Services.

If you are a survivor of domestic violence and abuse and you would like to be involved, please contact Shabana Kausar at Shabana.kausar@peoplecan.org.uk for more details.

White Ribbon Campaign Thursday 29th November

The White Ribbon campaign is a national campaign where men and women work together to tackle violence and abuse, and men pledge to never commit, con- done, or remain silent about violence against women and girls.

On Thursday 29 November an event will be held on College Green at 12.00pm to raise awareness of the campaign and to celebrate the work already taking place in ending violence against women and girls in Bristol. Individuals and organisations are all encouraged to attend this event to highlight the many people in Bristol who stand against all forms of Violence and Abuse Against Women and Girls?

For more information, please contact Paul Welcomme at: info@clevedoncounselling.co.uk

Candle Lit Vigil Date TBC:

Next Link will be leading their annual candle lit vigil in memory of survivors of domestic violence and abuse. The walk will start from Next Link’s offices on Queens Square to College. Please bring your own candle or sign.
For more information, visit www.nextlinkhousing.co.uk or call 0117 9250680

Domestic Violence and Abuse: awareness raising workshops

Workshops are being run from Monday 26th to Friday 30th November to raise awareness and understanding of domestic violence and abuse. The workshops are free and run for an hour and half. Facilitators are experienced in delivering training around domestic violence and abuse. To have this session delivered at your workplace or in your community, or for more information, please contact Shabana Kausar at Shabana.kausar@peoplecan.org.uk

Bristol Drugs Project (BDP): Women’s mornings over November

Women’s Morning runs every Wednesday from 11am – 1pm at BDP, 11 Brunswick Square, St Pauls BS2 8PE. The mornings are a drop in space for female service-users at BDP and each week consists of varied unstructured events which are not compulsory. The group provides peer support and members of BDP staff and volunteers are present for anyone who wants additional advice or support. Tea, coffee and fruit are provided. For more information, please contact BDP on 0117 9876009.

For more information on End Violence Against Women, please contact Shabana Kausar at Shabana.kausar@peoplecan.org.uk