Student Union President Sarah Boyd writes about how she has been involved with VAWG (Violence against Women and Girls) group, what the groups and aims to achieve through their campaign, and how we can get involved:
TW – Domestic Violence & Harrasment
At the start of the year, I was given the opportunity to join a Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG) working group. It’s been run by an amazing group of people who are currently running a 16 days of activism campaign against gender-based violence.
Violence against women and girls is still a prevalent problem in Plymouth, Over the last five years, the number of domestic abuse incidents has been increasing in Plymouth, and it accounts for 27% of all violent crimes in the city compared to the national average of 16%. Last year alone, there were 6,933 reported cases of domestic abuse, an increase of 21% from the previous year.
An estimated 132,300 women and girls live in Plymouth, with 107,600 being over 16. Based on the ONS estimate of 1 in 3 women likely to have been subjected to at least one form of harassment in the last year that’s around 36,000 women!
Their campaign is simple: ENOUGH is ENOUGH.
We want to spread this message across Plymouth and take action to end violence against women and girls. They’re working with Plymouth City Council, D&C Police, and other charitable organizations to amplify our message through billboards, artist walls, and a social media campaign.
How Can You Get Involved?
- Attend Events: These events often include panel discussions, online workshops, and awareness campaigns that aim to educate and empower individuals. Find events info https://www.plymouth.gov.uk/16-days-
- Spread the Word: Utilize your social media platforms and campus networks to share information about the campaign. Use the hashtag #Plymouthsaysenough to connect with others who are passionate about ending violence against women and girls.
- Educate Yourself: Take the time to educate yourself about the different forms of gender-based violence, its root causes, and how it impacts individuals and communities. Knowledge is a powerful tool in the fight against violence.
- Support Local Organizations: Reach out to local organizations working towards gender equality and offer your support.
Whether through volunteering, donations, or simply spreading awareness, your involvement can make a meaningful difference.
5. Wear Orange: As a symbol of solidarity, consider wearing orange during the 16 days. This color represents a brighter future without violence and serves as a visible reminder of our collective commitment to change.
Call it out! Report it! Get Involved! – www.endvawg.org.uk