Next week, from Sunday 25 November, through until Monday 10 December, Coventry City Council will be raising awareness of Domestic Abuse through the 16 Days of Action campaign.
16 Days of Action Against Domestic Violence stems from the original movement, 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence. The movement first begun at the Women’s Global Leadership Institute in 1991, an event sponsored by the Centre for Women’s Global Leadership.
Since 1991, 5,167 groups in 187 countries have contributed to promoting and supporting these 16 Days. Large organisations such as the world-renowned Amnesty International and World Health Organisation support and celebrate the 16 Days, as well as far more local, grassroots projects.
Spanning across 16 days, Coventry City Council will be identifying a different theme each day to explore the various forms of domestic violence. You will see the messages on both the Coventry City Council Facebook and Twitter profiles.
You will also notice that some parts of the city centre will be lit orange (the colour theme for this year), including: Broadgate, Godiva and West Orchards to mark this campaign.
Following on from the launch of Coventry’s Domestic Abuse Strategy, Coventry City Council are keen to keep the message that ‘Domestic Abuse is Everybody’s Business’ at the forefront of conversation. We ask you to make it part of your conversations across these 16 days.
On Friday 30 November the council are encouraging their workforce to wear orange to support the 16 Days Of Action, but this doesn’t mean that you can’t join in too! If you’re on social media, why not add to your support, by uploading a photo of yourself wearing orange, tweeting or posting on Facebook, ‘#IWoreOrange to support #16DaysOfAction. Make #DomesticAbuse #EverybodysBusiness’, tagging the council profiles into your post or tweet.
You can visit the 16 Days of Action website for any further information you would like to know about this campaign.