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16 Days of Action

Once again this year, North Ayrshire Council  joins the worldwide White Ribbon Scotland campaign by pledging to never commit, condone, or remain silent about violence against women.

The campaign runs from November 25, which is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (also known as White Ribbon Day) to Human Rights Day on December 10. During the campaign, the Council and community partners across North Ayrshire will join forces to amplify the critical message that violence against women in any form is unacceptable, and encourage others to sign the online pledge at

The White Ribbon campaign is a worldwide movement which directly addresses men, ensuring they understand the scale of the problem and become part of the solution.

One example of awareness-raising on behalf of the Violence Against Women Partnership that the Council recently supported in was the creation of a Coercive Control YouTube animation – if you haven’t seen it yet, please watch below.

White Ribbon Campaign 2023

This year’s 16 Days focus asks everyone to take a moment and “Imagine a Scotland without Gender-Based Violence” – whether this is in relation to children and young people, our workplace environment or education.

And we can all play a part, no matter how small, to create positive change.

Reclaim the Night walk – The annual ‘Reclaim the Night’ walk will take place this year on Tuesday, December 5. This year the walk will take place in Saltcoats, leaving from the Women’s Aid Hub (Vernon Street) at 5.15pm and will return to the hub for soup, rolls, tea, coffee and cake.

16 days of action icon with three womens hands raised and Violence Against Women Partnership icon
If you are at risk of violence you can contact the Council at any time on 0800 0196 500, or alternatively you can contact North Ayrshire Women’s Aid during office hours on  01294 602424.

The North Ayrshire Violence Against Women Partnership brings together partners that have a role in tackling gender-based violence and supporting those who are affected.

It includes the Council and representatives from partner organisations including North Ayrshire Women’s Aid, Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

The aims of the Partnership are to:

  • Raise awareness of issues around violence against women and girls
  • Empower communities to challenge abusive and violent behaviour
  • Provide information on the available support services available and
  • Encourage support of the key VAWP campaign – White Ribbon 16 Days of Action.

The National Violence Against Women Network hopes this year we can all contribute to making things better and #ChangeThe Story so that women and girls can live their lives free from the fear of violence.

Violence comes in many shapes and forms, including coercive behaviour and demeaning language, through to physical violence resulting in death.

Small changes can help make a big difference, and men can play their part by calling out behaviour like sexist jokes and harassment on public transport – so they are not seen as being acceptable and “the norm”.

You can find out more about the upcoming during the White Ribbon 16 Days of Action campaign by visiting:

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