16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence

In the run up to 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (South West England) wants to connect with practitioners in the Arts & Health field who are working on, or would be interested in working on themes related to violence and its prevention.

The global 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign that kicks off on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs until 10 December, Human Rights Day. The 16 days were chosen specifically to highlight the connection between human rights and gender-based violence.

Related campaigns include 16 Days of Action against Domestic Violence and White Ribbon Day on the 25th of November which calls for action by men to end violence against women.

From a Public Health point of view, violence is known to cause significant harm to both physical and mental health: living without the fear of violence is a fundamental requirement for health and wellbeing.

Violence is preventable through action to tackle risk and protective factors across the whole system from education to employment to policing and community.

The Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (South West England)  also recognise that social norms and culture are critical in shaping the context within which violence occurs. So, in the run up to the 16 Days Campaign this year, the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (South West England) would like to connect with practitioners in the Arts & Health field who are working on, or would be interested in working on themes related to violence and its prevention.

Please email: Ishani.karpurkayastha[at]dhsc.gov.uk, Consultant in Public Health, Office for Health Improvement & Disparities (South West England), DHSC.

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