16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence
16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is an international UN campaign to challenge violence against self-defining women and girls. This campaign runs every year around the world from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day. Like previous years, Sheffield has once again put together a fantastic programme of events for these two weeks focusing on issues faced by women.
One in three self-defining women worldwide experience gender-based violence. When we intersect those figures with other identities such as trans women, or for women of colour, these figures are almost always higher. We are taking these 16 days to highlight three core themes - state violence against women and the criminal justice system, safe sex work, and the intersections between disability and gendered violence.
Reclaim the space
The global pandemic has highlighted the sheer numbers of women who consistently experience violence and domestic abuse on a day to day basis. Whilst a physical march cannot take place, our fight against gendered violence continues. This year Lily the SU Women’s Officer is calling on you, the self-defining women of Sheffield, to Reclaim The Space.
Reclaim the space locations
From now, until the 8th December, we want to get out and protest in different areas around Sheffield, and to reclaim areas of our city which we’ve previously felt unsafe in. Sending in your pictures and images, we will create an online collection to show both our solidarity with victims, and our strength against the violence. Send in your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org or @sheffsuwomensofficer on Instagram in a direct message.
Please do not attend these spaces alone and we encourage you to go in the daytime.
RECLAIM THE SPACE MAP
Reclaim the night
The Reclaim the Night typically kicks off our 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign, a UN initiative aimed at highlighting the pervasive nature of gendered violence in our society. The aim of this annual protest is to resist violence against self-defining women, empowering women to come together to reclaim the streets of Sheffield. Even in 2020 women are denied the right to safety, and we are still blamed for rape and gendered violence.This year we are focussing the march on ending the normlaisation of sexual violence and saying no to gendered racism. This is in response to the growing levels of xenophobia and racism in society.
However sadly, due to the government restrictions, a physical march for Reclaim the Night is unable to take place. Whilst we cannot have a physical march this year, this digital rally will be a reminder of our fight against gendered violence and the incredible strength of the women of Sheffield. Join us for a virtual Reclaim the Night and take part in our new Reclaim the Space campaign.