16 days of activism against gender-based violence
In Barking and Dagenham, we want to see an end to all types of domestic and sexual violence. This year we have been developing a strategy to tackle violence against women and girls, aligning with regional, national and global strategies. This recognises that women and girls experience high risk violence and abuse more often. We know that men and boys can also be victims, and LGBT people also experience domestic and sexual violence too. We will be working with the community, and with our partners across services locally to raise awareness and to protect all victims for the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence.
There will be at least 16 activities over the days, including youth music events, community awareness raising sessions, learning events and a conference.
Thank you to all our partners who have demonstrated their understanding and commitments towards tackling domestic and sexual violence locally, and for their input with this year’s programme.
Events and activities Toggle accordion
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Monday 26 November. 10am
Raise the White Ribbon Flag.
The white ribbon flag will be raised at Barking Town Hall and Coventry University. White Ribbons and donation collection boxes will be made available. All donations will be distributed to local charities that support victims of domestic violence.
This will be followed by a bake sale on the mezzanine of Barking Town Hall.
Barking Town Hall/ (Coventry University TBC)
Turn up from 9.45am
Tuesday 27 November. 10am to 4pm
Advance Minerva Open Event.
A learning event about women facing multiple disadvantage organised by Advance, a charity working to support female offenders who have experienced domestic violence, substance misuse, and ill mental health.
Dagenham Fire Station
Wednesday 28 November
Survivors Voice Human Library.
An opportunity for survivors to share their experiences of the criminal justice system with local safeguarding officers from the police. The event will be run as a ‘Human Library.’ If you are a survivor who would like to share your experiences to help us shape services and raise awareness please contact MARACreferrals@lbbd.gov.uk
Thursday 29 November
Ending Homelessness caused by Violence Against Women and Girls.
This years East London Housing Partnership conference brings together specialists from the VAWG sector, organisations tackling homelessness and government agencies. Organised and resourced by East London Housing Partnership.
Barking Learning Centre, 2 Town Square, Barking IG11 7NB
This event is now full. Organised by: Margaret.Williams@elhp.org.uk
Friday 30 November. 4pm to 7pm
Healthy Relationships Music Event.
For children and young people to attend, the event focuses on relationships, respect and consent. We are hoping for around 300 young people to take part and the event is being planned and managed by local young producers.
Dagenham Park School
Led by Studio 3 Arts - this is being promoted through schools.
We will be adopting the J9 initiative to raise awareness and to help victims of domestic abuse. The J9 initiative is named in memory of Janine Mundy who was killed by her estranged husband in June 2003 while he was on police bail. Janine was the mother of two young boys. The family created videos and resources that support awareness raising.
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Monday 3 December. 10am to 2pm
J9 session - being held in collaboration with our Hostel Services, for hostel residents. Potentially open to visitors, dependent on space, please contact to enquire. This session is being delivered by Hestia, who are our refuge accommodation provider.
Monday 3 December. 9.30am to 2.30pm
J9 session - being held by North Meets South, a resident-led organisation working in Marks Gate area. Open to residents and organisations serving Marks Gate area.
North Meets South are providing lunch as part of this session.
St Mark's Church Centre, 165 Rose Lane, Marks Gate RM6 5NR (opposite Marks Gate Junior School)
Tuesday 4 December
J9 session - being held in collaboration with Coventry University, for students and staff. There will be stalls in the canteen throughout the lunchtime too.
Wednesday 5 December
J9 session - Being held in collaboration with our adult’s substance misuse service, CGL. CGL have also committed to running sessions throughout the 16 days, and to explore regular session going forwards for service users.
St Lukes, Dagenham
Closed session - staff and service users.
Thursday 6 December
J9 session - being held in collaboration with Coventry University, for students and staff. There will be stalls in the canteen throughout the lunchtime too
Friday 7 December. 10am to 2pm
J9 session - being held in collaboration with our Hostel Services, for hostel residents. Potentially open to visitors, dependent on space, please contact to enquire.
J9 session - being held in collaboration with WDP, our young people’s substance misuse service. We are looking to make use of the J9 initiative resources in young people’s groups.
Closed sessions - young people’s groups
Monday 10 December
World Human Rights Day - communication via social media drawing the parallel between gender-based violence and human rights and drawing the 16 days to a close.