16 Days of Activism: Programme of events

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Image captionThis year there’s a wide range of awareness events taking place across 16 days

Hammersmith & Fulham Council is firmly committed to ending incidents of violence against women and girls.

Last year, there were more than 3,300 incidents of domestic abuse reported in the borough. That’s why the council is working closely alongside 10 specialist organisations to ensure victims have access to the best possible support.

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence is an international campaign to challenge violence against women and girls. The annual campaign runs from 25 November (the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women), to 10 December (Human Rights Day).

This year, there’s a wide range of awareness events taking place across the 16 days, and you could get involved.

Perhaps you want to know more about how to help survivors to access support services, or just want to know more generally about the inequality that women face when it comes to incidents of violence, particularly in the home.

If you’re experiencing abuse, you’re not alone. If you suspect someone is being abused, confidential help is available. H&F Council has commissioned The Angelou Partnership to deliver the borough’s Violence Against Women and Girls services.

Summary of events

24 November
1pm
DAWS (Turning Point): The strength of self-care

25 November
International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
1-1.30pm
ADVANCE Talks: Amja unabashedly

27 November
1-2pm
ADVANCE Talks: Angelou partnership

29 November
International Women Human Rights Defenders Day

1 December
World Aids Day
1pm
DAWS (Turning Point): The strength of self-care

2 December
1pm-1.30pm
ADVANCE Talks: Brenda Birungi AKA Lady unchained

3 December
International Day of Disability
1.30-3pm
Galop: ‘Surviving Together, An Intersectional Conversation about the Impact of COVID-19 on Domestic Abuse & Honour Based Violence’
2-3.30pm
H&F: Raising awareness session - Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG)

4 December
1pm-2pm
ADVANCE Talks: London Women’s Services Alliance working together for justice

7 December
12-1pm
H&F: “Collaborative Patchwork-shop”

10 December
Human Rights Day
6-7.30pm
Film screening of Last Date


DAWS (Turning Point): The strength of self-care

24 November 2020
1pm

The Open DAWS Women’s Service are running workshops celebrating women who have faced or are facing adversity. This session is focuses on Self-Care and Equality in Relationships. There is a 2nd session on 1 December.

To book for this event contact: julie.ryan@DAWSLondon.org

To find out more visit: Wellbeing Turning Point


International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

25 November 2020

To find out more visit: International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women


ADVANCE Talks: Amja unabashedly

25 November 2020
1–1.30pm

Amja is an artist, painter and poet, and a domestic abuse activist. She will talk with Advance about her art and perform her poetry. Amja will share her journey, surviving domestic abuse and the support she had through her journey to recover and rebuild her life by Advance and others.

To book for this event visit: ADVANCE Talk about abuse with Amja Unabashedly

To find out more visit: www.advancecharity.org.uk


ADVANCE Talks: Angelou partnership

27 November 2020
1–2pm

The 10 Angelou Partner organisations will share how they work together to address all forms of abuse and meet the needs of women and girls, including those marginalised, aiming to get the best response and outcomes for survivors.

Over 5 years ago, ten organisations in Central West London came together to form a unique partnership to deliver a specialist holistic response to women and girls experiencing violence and abuse. Through working together in a coordinated community response (CCR), the Angelou Partnership aims to improve access to services and outcomes for survivors, holding perpetrators to account. The Angelou partnership is the VAWG service provider for Hammersmith & Fulham council. Advance is the lead provider in the Angelou partnership.

To book for this event visit: ADVANCE Talk about abuse with Angelou Parnership

To find out more about the Angelou service or to refer a victim or survivor of domestic abuse (with consent) visit their website: www.angelou.org/our-services


International Women Human Rights Defenders Day

29 November 2020

To find out more visit: International Women Human Rights Defenders Day


World Aids Day

1 December 2020

To find out more visit:

IPM Global - Visual Story: Expanding Women's Choices for HIV Prevention 
or 
Women and HIV: Invisible No Longer


DAWS (Turning Point): The strength of self-care

1 December 2020
1pm

The Open DAWS Women’s Service are running workshops celebrating women who have faced or are facing adversity. This session is focuses on Self-Care and Equality in Relationships

To book a space contact: julie.ryan@DAWSLondon.org

To find out more visit: Wellbeing Turning Point


ADVANCE Talks: Brenda Birungi AKA Lady Unchained

2 December 2020
1pm–1.30pm

Poet, broadcaster, mentor, TedXLondon speaker, host for National Prison Radio, and advocate for Life After prison. “My life ended and began with a prison sentence, those metal doors awoke the faith in me”

Brenda’s mission is to prove that there is life after prison. She is the founder and creative director of Unchained Poetry, an artistic platform for artists with lived experience of the criminal justice system.

To book for this event visit: ADVANCE Talk with Brenda Birungi AKA Lady Unchained

To find out more visit: www.advancecharity.org.uk


International Day of Disability

3 December 2020

To find out more visit: Disability: The global picture


Galop: Surviving Together, an intersectional conversation about the impact of COVID-19 on domestic abuse and honour based violence

3 December 2020
1.30–3pm

Galop will be hosting this live webinar with the hope that this discussion will highlight how COVID-19 is changing the landscape of domestic abuse and how this has affected survivors from multiple communities.

This conversation will educate on the intersecting needs of survivors in the United Kingdom by hearing from collaborative but different specialist support organizations.

Join this session to learn, ask questions, and challenge any idea that survivors are a uniform group without multiple needs reflecting their experience, identity, capacity, and culture.

To book for this event visit: Surviving Together, an intersectional conversation about the impact of COVID-19 on domestic abuse and honour based violence

To find out more visit: www.galop.org.uk


H&F: Raising awareness session - Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG)

3 December 2020
2–3.30pm

The VAWG strategic lead for Hammersmith & Fulham council will be delivering this workshop. This online training session will provide an overview of VAWG, the impact on those experiencing abuse and will explore what we can do to support those affected.

To book for this event visit: An online introductory session to VAWG


ADVANCE Talks: London Women’s Services Alliance working together for justice

4 December 2020
1pm–2pm

The London Women’s Services Alliance (LWSA) provides co-ordinated specialist services led by women and for women and girls in contact with the criminal justice system, or at risk of such contact, in London.

Join this event to find out how by working directly with women and understanding their lived experiences, LWSA can amplify their voices to inform policy and practice that meets their needs. They aim to strategically shape and improve the whole systems approach to support women and girls in London, advocating for pan- London services and accessible women’s only, safe spaces across the capital.

To book for this event visit: ADVANCE Talk about abuse with the London Women’s Services Alliance

To find out more visit: www.advancecharity.org.uk


H&F: Collaborative Patchwork-shop

7 December 2020
12–1pm

Join H&F residents in collaboratively making an online patchwork as part of the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence. In this one-hour workshop we will start by looking at how artists and activists have made patchwork throughout history. You will then be guided through how to make your own patchwork square with any materials you have in your home. This could be collage, photography, drawing, writing or sewing, and made physically or virtually. At the end of the workshop you will be invited to send a photograph or digital file of your patchwork square to us. We will digitally collate them all into an online patchwork, which will be displayed on the H&F website. All ages and abilities welcome.

About the facilitator Lucy Bird: Lucy Bird works for the H&F community safety team, and is a graduate from the Royal College of Art. She has lead art workshops for UN Women UK, the mental health charity MIND, and at several Universities across the UK.

To book for this event contact: csu@lbhf.gov.uk


Film screening of Last Date

10 December 2020
6–7.30pm

Last Date is a ground-breaking domestic abuse drama following the experience of a young couple. It raises awareness of how abuse can begin and trap people in relationships. The film screening will be followed by an expert Q&A panel discussion. This is suitable for those aged 15 and above only.

To book for this event visit: Film screening to coincide with UN 16 Days of Activism