Violence against women is a widespread and tragic manifestation of sexism, affecting millions of women every year. Gender based violence is endemic in our society: both reflecting and reinforcing the inequalities between men and women. The problem is huge, but there is a lot we can do to take action: we can support the organisations that give frontline support to women, campaign for changes in law and policy to fight violence and do outreach and education so that our society changes the way it thinks and acts.
There are various groups in Cambridge fighting against gender based violence alongside the CUSU Women’s Campaign. We work with CU Amnesty International, the Domestic Violence Action Group, Cambridge Rape Crisis Centre and women’s groups in various colleges to take action against violence against women.
On 17 December 1999 by resolution 54/134, the UN General Assembly designated the 25th of November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and has invited governments, international organizations and NGOs to organize activities designated to raise public awareness of the problem on that day.
You can celebrate White Ribbon Day by organising an event in your college, raising money for VAW charities, or simply by wearing the ribbon. No matter what you do, please make sure you do something.
Many groups around the world co-ordinate and support the white ribbon campaign, from Amnesty International, to the Men Against Rape ‘My Strength is Not for Hurting‘ Campaign, and domestic groups such as NUS.
The Women’s Campaign has run several campaigns on violence against women, listed below: