16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM Against
Gender-Based Violence 2019
The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence 25 November - 10 December is an international campaign to call for the elimination of all forms of gender-based violence.
In the UK and globally, women who do participate in political life face an extraordinary amount of violence, harassment and abuse on and offline, partly because they speak up but also simply because they are women. Abuse disproportionately affects Black, Asian and minority ethnic women, who are more likely to experience multiple levels of discrimination.
Throughout history women have faced abuse for speaking up, from Mary Wollstonecraft to the suffragettes who were told to ‘drown themselves’, to the threats and acts of violence against politically active women – from bloggers and tweeters, to candidates, councillors and MPs.
During the 16 Days of Activism, the Centenary Action Group calls for:
1. Social media companies to improve their reporting mechanisms and to ensure a better response to complaints of violence and harassment online. All political parties should commit to spending at least one percent of the Tech Tax on tackling online abuse.
2. All parties to condemn attacks and abuse of MPs and to commit to standards of conduct as set out by both the Jo Cox Foundation and Compassion in Politics which seek to improve the standards of conduct of all people standing for public office and improve political parties’ own processes to call out and address unacceptable behavior.
3. Parliamentary candidates to commit to implementing a system to prevent abuse and support survivors of all forms of violence against women and girls as set out in the Women and Girls Manifesto.
FREE DIGITAL SELF CARE WEBINAR
Learn vital digital self care, safety and security techniques in just one hour.
To mark Elimination of Violence Against Women Day, 16 Days of activism and in response to the high levels of online abuse cited by political candidates and outgoing MPs, Centenary Action Group is hosting Glitch's digital self care webinar.
Are you a woman in public life wishing to have a flourishing online presence but still wish to keep your personal private? Do you avoid social media because of the fear of online abuse? Then this workshop is for you!
As online gender-based violence (OGBV) is an issue that disproportionately affects women and girls with multi-intersecting identities and marginalised communities, Glitch would like to extend a particularly warm welcome to individuals from these groups.
If you would like to join the Webinar via Zoom on 1pm on Monday 2nd December, please fill in the short form here.