The International Day of the Elimination of Violence Against Women
By Shauna from Savera UK
The statistics for women and violence are a constantly rising figure. According to The White Ribbon Campaign, two women are killed a week by their partner or ex-partner, approximately 80,000 women suffer rape and attempted rape every year, 45% of UK women have experienced some form of domestic abuse and sexual violence or stalking – the list is endless. Furthermore, the NHS have reported that between April 2016 and March 2017 there were 9,179 attendances reported at NHS trusts and GP practices where FGM was identified or a procedure for FGM was undertaken.
25th November is the International Day of the Elimination of Violence against Women. The day was established in order to raise awareness around acts of violence against women and girls such as domestic abuse, FGM, forced marriage and more. Historically, the date of 25th November was the day that the three Mirabal sisters (or “The Three Butterflies”) were assassinated during the rule of Rafael Trujillo in the Dominican Republic. The Mirabel sisters opposed Trujillo’s regime and became symbols of feminist activism of their time. In 1981, a day of protest took place across Latin America for the violence against women in the area. This protest took place on 25th November in memory of the Mirabal sisters and began the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
Also known as White Ribbon Day, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women starts 16 days of activism against gender-based violence. Events and awareness raising will happen around this time in a hope to end violence against women and girls. As a charity that supports victims of domestic abuse and harmful practices, Savera UK recognises from its vast client base that the majority of people dealing with these issues are women. Savera UK offers emotional and holistic support to the women and girls they help as well as extending this aid to their children who are also affected by the abuse. It is for this reason that it is Savera UK’s goal to raise money for the organisation that will be used to help the domestic abuse victims they support within black, minority and ethnic (BME) communities across Merseyside and Cheshire. A lot of Savera UK’s clients do not have recourse to public funds, therefore money raised will help with any essentials that they cannot afford. If any of their clients ever need to go out and get away from their environment (for one-to-one support for example) the funds would also help to alleviate social isolation.
In order to meet this goal, Savera UK are asking local businesses and individuals to donate 50p (or whatever you would like to donate) from the sale of a regularly sold item for a week (commencing 20th November) e.g. 50p from the cost of a coffee will go to Savera UK. It would be a great way of promoting the businesses as well being involved in an organisation that is committed to supporting victims of these issues across Merseyside and Cheshire. By giving to this event, local businesses would be supporting Savera UK and helping to provide assistance to those in the community. A sponsorship donation of 50p is suggested.
Founder of Savera UK Afrah Qassim has said, “as a charity organisation, we rely on fundraising in different ways, fundraising helps us develop and sustain services provided for our clients, it give us the opportunity to network and build stronger relationships with those who help us fundraise. As a team, Savera UK values the significance of fundraising and thanks every single person who has supported us and continues to support us, your help goes a long way.”
For more information on the International Day of Elimination of Violence against Women or to fundraise for us then please call 0151 709 6588 or email Shauna, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photography by Stéphanie Amesse https://www.flickr.com/photos/seamesse/