Highland organisations to raise awareness of gender-based violence
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From now until December 10 more than 13 organisations across the Highlands and Islands will be developing and sharing daily content to raise awareness of the impact of gender-based violence in the region's communities, with a specific focus on sexual violence.
The campaign, which is part of the global 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, will also call on the general public to post on social media ‘what they would like to see change for women and girls’ using the hashtag #ChangeHerStory.
The submissions will also be used to create a ‘virtual’ Reclaim the Night march, which will take place in the form of a video due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Anyone wanting to follow the campaign’s 16 Posts for 16 Days can subscribe for updates via the website: www.changeherstory.co.uk
Chair of the Highland Violence Against Women Partnership, Highland Council's Jacqueline Jennett said: “Domestic abuse and all other forms of gender-based violence, is a local, national and global concern.
"Gender-based violence has severe, long-lasting and wide-ranging social, health and economic impacts. The costs are high to individuals, families, to our communities and to our services.
“Such violence is deemed as a key public health issue, with the World Health Organisation recognising it to be a major public health problem, and violation of women’s human rights.
"It is estimated to cost the Scottish public purse £4 billion, however, gender-based violence is often hidden and undisclosed, therefore this figure is likely a significant underestimation.”
She added: “I would urge people to get involved in this campaign and share their thoughts on what they would like to see change for women and girls.
"Remember to use the hashtag #ChangeHerStory if posting on social media so that responses can be easily gathered.”