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16 Days of Activism

A SERIES of events highlighting the problem of violence against women is scheduled to take place later this week.

Dundee Violence Against Women Partnership has joined forces with voluntary groups and public bodies including Dundee City Council and Tayside Police, to back the United Nations 16 Days of Activism on Violence Against Women.

Just over two weeks of activities will kick off on Friday November 25 with a closed event for professionals who work with women who have been the subject of sexual assault or rape and activities at a number of city schools.

On Monday (November 28) a male only screening of a documentary looking at the issue of human trafficking will take place at the Cairn Centre. The event is free and includes a curry afterwards. To book a place contact Irina Pelc on 01382 433343 or by email at

Information on violence against women will be available at libraries throughout Dundee as part of the programme and lectures, films, dramas, seminars and professional training events will also take place.

The city's football clubs are also backing the campaign, held under the banner of the White Ribbon Scotland Campaign.

Subject to SPL approval both teams will be wearing white ribbons at Dundee United's home match against Celtic on December 4.

Dundee FC will be handing over a ball and strip to the Dundee Violence Against Women Partnership at their home game against Queen of the South at Dens Park on December 10.

A collection will also be made at the ground on behalf of the campaign.

The White Ribbon Campaign started in Canada in 1991 when a handful of men decided they had a responsibility to speak out against violence against women.

They decided wearing a white ribbon would be a symbol of their pledge never to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women, and it is now the largest campaign of its type in the world aimed at men.

A number of local bodies, including Tayside Police, Tayside Fire and Rescue and NHS Tayside back the White Ribbon Campaign.

Press Release Date: Wednesday 23 November 2011