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From 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day, the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign is a time to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls around the world. The international campaign originated from the first Women's Global Leadership Institute coordinated by the Center for Women's Global Leadership in 1991.
Please see the Programme of the events in Angus here.
I’m Helen and I’m a support worker for young people. I’ve been here for nearly 2 years but I’ve been helping children and young people for... lots of years.
Welcome to my first blog which will look at how the support workers here at Dundee and Angus Young Survivors help young people. We work with children as young as 10, and young people to 18 years or so. That’s a big age range. This explanation could seem quite simplistic, or maybe complicated. It’s hard to write something that suits everyone. But when it comes to working with young people, we don’t treat everyone the same. We adapt to suit you.
Today is the International Day Against Prostitution. In order to show our support Vice Versa have launched its long awaited and thought provoking film ‘Hidden’.
The film shows the harrowing hard hitting dangers and harmful realities of woman involved in prostitution through real lived experiences of women. The film focuses on how vulnerable women suffer at the hands of men who see them and their bodies as commodities to be bought and sold and highlights the fact that this is not a ‘choice’ and that each woman has their own story often surrounded by trauma and violence.
Vice Versa promotes the health, rights and dignity of woman involved and strives to raise awareness in order to challenge the negative views surrounding woman involved in prostitution.
When people ask me what I do for a living, and I tell them that I support women who have experienced rape and sexual abuse, they look at me and immediately say “goodness, that must be really hard”. And yes while moments of my day can be emotionally demanding, in truth I consider my job to be a privilege that leaves me feeling inspired and hopeful every single day.
Following a detailed review of our support service, increasing demand for support and growing waiting lists we have had to take some difficult decisions to free our staff up to be able to provide more direct support to survivors of rape, sexual abuse and / or exploitation. From the 1st of September 2018 we will no longer be providing helpline or drop in support.
However, we will continue to offer planned telephone support and crisis support session.