Join up with local Campaigns

Campaigning to stop Violence Against Women and Girls:

There are some great international, national and local campaigns to stop Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG). Find out what local organisations are doing to campaign on Violence Against Women and Girls and see how you can join them.

See some of the suggestions below for UK campaigns that you can join:

White Ribbon Campaign: This International campaign aims to engage men and boys to take an active role in ending Violence Against Women and Girls. Wearing white ribbons can be a great signal of support for the campaign and connect people to the cause. Y

This is Abuse: This is a UK Government Home Office campaign to end teenage relationship abuse. There are short films, posters, leaflets and a website to look at. You could use the campaign material to raise awareness across your organisation.

Schools against Sexism: This UK Feminista campaign aims to get schools to sign a pledge against sexism. UK Feminista supports people to campaign for a world where women and men are equal. They believe it takes ordinary women and men to stand up and be counted and create the world they want to live in.

Lose the Lads Mags: Magazines like FHM and Zoo portray women as dehumanised sex objects. By selling them in everyday spaces, shops like Tesco normalise the idea that it’s acceptable to treat women this way. Yet extensive evidence shows that portraying women as sex objects fuels sexist behaviours and attitudes that underpin Violence Against Women and Girls.

Rewind/Reframe: A partnership between End Violence Against Women, Imkaan and Object, provides a platform for young women to challenge sexism and racism in music videos. There is a campaign to take action against  artists, film producers and the music industry to change the way that they portray women and BME people.

End Female Genital Mutilation (FGM): The END FGM European Campaign wants the European Union to adopt a comprehensive approach to end female genital mutilation and protect women and girls fleeing their countries for fear of being mutilated. Support their five-point strategy, prepared together with partner organisations, including UK based Forward and Daughters of Eve, experts in the field of law, human rights and development, that calls on the EU to tackle FGM through five key areas of action.

End the detention of refugee women: Join Women for Refugee Women in their campaign to Set her free: end the detention of refugee women. Every year, hundreds of women who have come to this country seeking refuge from persecution are locked up in detention in the UK, many of those women had survived rape and torture. Detention only increases their trauma. Join the campaign to demand an end to the inhumane treatment of vulnerable women.

Campaign Calendar

Think about what you can do to promote these days within the school/youth setting you work in . Try to tie in lessons and activities to the themes of the days and link up to other campaigns happening around the world.

  • 6th February: International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation
  • 10th February 2015: Safer internet day
  • 14th February: Valentine’s day
  • 8th March: International Women’s Day
  • 29th June: World Refugee Day
  • 2nd July: Anniversary of women getting the vote on the same terms as men (1928)
  • 11th October: International day of the Girl
  • 25th November: International day for the Elimination of Violence Against women and Girls
  • 25th November – 10th December: 16 days to stop Violence Against Women and Girls
  • 10th December: International Human Rights Day