Walk to oppose violence against women

People across Angus are being urged to show their support for the 16 Days campaign.
People across Angus are being urged to show their support for the 16 Days campaign.

People across Angus are being asked to show their support for an international campaign against violence against women.

This year’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence takes place from International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on November 25 to Human Rights Day on December 10. Angus Violence against Women Partnership (AVAWP) has organised a number of awareness-raising activities throughout the campaign.

The initiative is also being backed by Police Scotland which is also putting across the message that violence against women and girls is unacceptable.

Chief Inspector David McIntosh, Area Commander, said: “Any form of violence against women and girls is unacceptable and shouldn’t be condoned. As well as the long lasting effects on victims it has a significant impact on families and our community.

“The 16 Days campaign is good way of showing and developing support for those who need it.

“It also sends a strong message to those that perpetrate abusive, violent or coercive acts that their behaviour is unacceptable.”

On Friday, December 9, there will be a ‘Walk a mile in her shoes’ event beginning at noon at Forfar’s Lochside Leisure Centre. Walkers are being invited to bring along a pair of women’s shoes on a ribbon to carry as a symbol of support.

Further details are available by e-mailing AVAWP@angus.gov.uk and the campaign can be followed on Facebook at 16 Days Campaign Angus.