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Stop Violence Against Women Week 2009:

There is a range of activities happening throughout colleges and across the University in order to raise awareness about and take action on violence against women- come along!

Sign the CUSU Right to Light petition to improve lighting in Cambridge

CU Amnesty International is running a petition this week to support Justine, a human rights defender in the DRC whose family was attacked and sexually assaulted, because of her work on human rights. Please join Amnesty and CUSU Women’s Campaign to speak out against the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war. Download the Rape is Cheaper than Bullets factsheet, the briefing on Justine’s Case, and the petition for an investigation on the attack on Justine’s family.

On Monday, the Day of Action, change your FB profile picture to Amnesty’s 1:10 logo– because every year, one out of ten women will experience sexual assault.

Calendar of Events

Saturday, 20th November

Reclaim the Night March in London: http://www.reclaimthenight. org/event.html

March through London at night with thousands of women to speak out against violence against women.

Tuesday, 24th November

9pm at La Raza: Amnesty is bringing Stop Violence Against Women to CUSU’s Lifted @ La Raza, gathering your signatures at the door for a group of women’s rights defenders in Nicaragua. Entry includes a donation to Amnesty International. Get more info and sign petitions at:

Wednesday, 25th November:

International Stop Violence Against Women Day

5.30pm, Life on the Inside: Equality Means Difference

Women, Crime and Criminal Justice

B16, Law Faculty, Sidgwick Site

On the Howard League National Day of Action, the Howard League hope to draw your attention to our current campaign ‘Lost Daughters’, highlighting the plight of women in the criminal justice system. Dr Loraine Gelsthorpe has published extensively on women offenders and criminal justice, especially in relation to provision in the community.

7.30pm, Women’s Forum

Women’s reps and campaigners from across the University come together to shape how CUSU Women’s can campaign to end violence against women. We will combine discussion, education and practical skills training to make this session useful and effective.

How can we best support students in fighting against violence?
How can we improve student safety?
What kind of campaigns can we run to tackle the issues?

Friday, 27th November

Stop Violence Against Women @ The Cambridge Union

8pm till late at The Cambridge Union Bar

Featuring live acoustic acts from: Phoebe Haines and Rebecca Pierides
AND Short story/ poetry readings by a variety of Cambridge’s finest

Entry is FREE

Come along to listen to some of Cambridge’s best acoustic talent. The night will be a chilled evening with cocktail specials. This is an opportunity not just to have a lovely evening but also to meet the many people working on the ‘Stop Violence Against Women’ campaign in Cambridge.

Short poetry and short story readings will also be dotted throughout the evening in the Bar Extension.

This event is open to everyone (including non-members of the Union). All donations will go to Womens’ Aid, our local womens’ refuge.

Sunday, 29th November

2-4pm, Newnham Feminist Shebang

Clough JCR, Newnham College, Sidgwick Avenue

Feminism’s dead, innit? NO, fool. Cambridge is just confusing you! If you’d like to meet fortnightly to discuss feminist issues and revitalize the movement in Cambridge, then the Newnham Feminist Shebang is for you.

There will be tea! There will be cake! There will be like-minded individuals who want to hear your views. We may not always agree, but providing a forum where feminist positions of all sorts can be voiced makes the patriarchy cry. Feminists of all genders are most definitely welcome. Ranting optional.

4pm St. John’s College Art Room: Creativity and Campaigning through Art:

Make T-shirts, banners and posters that can be worn and posted all around Cambridge to help raise awareness on the Stop Violence Against Women campaign. We will provide some materials, and bring along any materials you have and ideas for how to make this campaign hit every pedestrian on Monday 30th November.

Monday, 30th November

Stop Violence Against Women ACTION DAY:

All day and everywhere!

Get involved. Put up a banner. Wear a SVAW T-shirt. Print off a petition and get all your mates to sign it. This is the day where we want everyone to recognise this campaign and the cases we’re working on.

Tuesday, 1st December

World AIDS Day

Where the Water Meets the Sky Film Screening

Newnham College, Lucia Windsor Room, 8pm

To mark World Aids Day and to raise funds for the important work Camfed does in combating HIV/AIDS in Africa, Newnham college will host a screening of Where the Water Meets the Sky on December 1st – attendance will be free but donations to Camfed are welcome. Wine and soft drinks will be served. php?eid=179985597346

Cambridge Reclaim the Night March: 3rd May 2009

With violence against women affecting hundreds of thousands of women in Britain every year, yet the conviction rate for rape the lowest it’s been for decades, we’re taking to the streets to march against violence against women.

We’re asking all self-defining women (children welcome) to join us for a defiant march through Cambridge, reclaiming public spaces from fear of violence.

Assemble 8:30pm in the middle of Parkers’ Piece for a women’s march to King’s College Chapel, where from 9:15pm there will be talk and a vigil open to all genders with music, speakers and silence.

Cambridge Women’s Union Stop Violence Against Women Week 2008

Stop Violence Against Women Week 2008 was an amazing success! Over the course of the week, we raised over £1000 for Cambridge Rape Crisis, Cambridge Women’s Aid, and Campaign for Female Education, and collected over one thousand signatures calling for the government to support women suffering from No Recourse restrictions on public funds.

Thank you everyone who got involved: a lot of really brilliant people put a lot of effort towards making the week happen on a college and University level!

Violence against women is a shockingly widespread problem worldwide. Millions of women experience violence at some point in their lives, and many experience it every day in their homes. The WU believes that every individual and leader in a society has a responsibility to speak out and act out against Violence Against Women.

Stop Violence Against Women Week: 25 November to 1 December, 2008

The Women’s Union, with Cambridge University Amnesty International, and the SVAW Amnesty Cambridge Group, is coordinating a week of events to raise awareness about and funds for campaigning against all forms of violence against women. Keep checking the website for details…

Amnesty International is holding “Writing Wrongs: Amnesty Human Rights Literary and Arts Festival” focussing on several writers and artists who have shown their committment to human rights through their work, as well as the centrality of self-expression to human rights. Complete event info can be found on the CU Amnesty website.

Throughout the week:
Stalls around town selling white ribbons and collecting signatures for a petition on No Recourse to Public Funds. Men are particularly encouraged to get involved, as the White Ribbon Campaign was founded by men and geared towards men’s roles in violence prevention.

To get involved, email

25 Nov, Tuesday, International Day to Stop Violence Against Women
The SVAW Week launches with…
Women’s Campaign Stop Violence Benefit Gig, featuring
**Emmy the Great** and Plaster of Paris,
7:30pm at the Shop, 18 Jesus Lane. £5 entry,
75% of proceeds go to Cambridge Rape Crisis Centre, 25% go to Campaign for Female Education.

Emmy the Great reviews:

“the acoustic, honey-voiced angel of British anti-folk”

“Emmy is the mistress of exquisitely orchestrated moments of devastation”

The Guardian

…also come to check out the Amnesty Human Rights Declaration 60th anniverary exhibition showcasing the winning entries of the Art Section (Photography, Paintings and Sculptures) of the CUAI UDHR60 Human Rights Literature and Art Competition at the Shop.

27 Nov, Thurs
“No Recourse, No Safety” Talk

7:30 pm, Room G24, Law Faculty.
Liz McKean, an expert on violence against women, gives a talk about how women with insecure immigrant status can be denied public housing and funds when escaping domestic violence.
Liz McKean is Amnesty International UK’s gender policy advisor. She researched and wrote Amnesty’s report No Recourse;No Safety, and is now lobbying on the report’s recommendations. She is a founding member of the End Violence Against Women Coalition, which is campaigning for a UK wide integrated strategy to end violence against women.

28 Nov, Fri

Self-Defence Classes

5pm venue tbc

90 minute session with violence prevention and awareness, and techniques for getting out of violent situations. Taught by an experienced instructor with a black belt in Jitsu. Only £5!

Book in advance, womens [at]

29th Nov, Sat
PROTEST No Recourse, No Safety

10:45am in front of the Guildhall, Market Square.
Gather to protest the restrictions on public funds which can trap women with insecure immigration status in violent relationships.
The protest will kick off with a short speech by Richard Howitt, East Anglia’s Minister for European Parliament. We will be making a presence, collecting signatures and wearing Amnesty white masks/ holding placards highlighting the inadequacy of current governmental support for immigrant women suffering from domestic violence. We will continue to distribute information and collect signatures until 3pm. To sign up for a slot (see timetable), email

30th Nov, Sun
Men’s Role in Violence Prevention

2-4pm, The Cafe Project 22 Jesus Lane
A workshop on men and the stop violence against women campaign, with a representative from the White Ribbon Campaign, looking at how best to support women’s rights as a man, problematic masculinities, non-violent communication and much more! All genders welcome, men particularly encouraged to attend.

1st Dec, Mon, World AIDS Day
Where the Water Meets the Sky film screening

8pm, Lucia Windsor Room, Newnham College (Sidgwick Avenue)
The CUSU Women’s Campaign and Campaign for Female Education are holding a film screening of “Where the Water Meets the Sky” as part of the documentary’s global launch.
Narrated by Morgan Freeman, Where the Water Meets the Sky is the inspiring story of a group of women in rural Zambia who learn how to make a film as a way to speak out about their lives. All funds raised through the screening will support Camfed’s work to educate girls and invest in economic and leadership opportunities for young women in Africa.
Co-Hosted by NERDI Film Society, The Humanitarian Centre, The Hub, CU StopAIDS, CU International Development Soc, CU African-Caribbean Soc, Social Documentary Film Soc.

College Events

Some fantastic events are happening throughout the week organised by colleges- check them out!

Sunday 23rd November, Newnham College Bar, Acoustic Evening

Tuesday 25th November: Emmanuel College Front Court, Stop Violence Against Women petitions, information, and a chance to make a mark with a Stop! Violence handprint.

Friday 28th Nov, New Hall Bar, Stop Violence! Event with drinks deals and a talk by a gender-violence specialist speaker from the UN, kicking off at 8:15pm. Promises to be socially, intellectually and entertainingly stimulating!

November 25th

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.

Women’s activists have marked 25 November as a day against violence since 1981. The date came from the brutal 1961 assassination of the three Mirabal sisters, political activists in the Dominican Republic, on orders of Dominican ruler Rafael Trujillo (1930-1961).

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.

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Wear Your White Ribbon

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 White Ribbon symbolises the wearer’s rejection of VAW and commitment to the campaign, as well as personal rejection of domestic, and other forms of, violence. Look out for stalls selling white ribbons around Cambridge this week: proceeds will go to various groups which work to end violence against women, such as Cambridge Rape Crisis Centre and the Darfuri Women’s Network.

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