Wirral’s town halls will unite with landmarks across the globe, glowing orange from November 23 to November 25, the United Nations Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls.
The day signals the start of a 16-day campaign of activism to raise awareness of gendered violence and abuse against women and girls. In Wirral, this will include the reprisal of the recent ‘Busting the Myths’ campaign which saw local newspapers run black and white adverts, destigmatising harmful misconceptions around domestic abuse.
Wirral will also on November 25 support White Ribbon Day, when people are asked to wear a white ribbon pledging to end male violence against women.
In addition Tranmere Rovers Football Club (TRFC), who have recently received the Domestic Abuse Business Quality Mark, will dedicate a home game, on Saturday 24th November at their Prenton ground, to the campaign.
Following the recent launch of a new domestic abuse website www.itsneverokwirral.org and multiple training programmes, the illumination of Wirral’s town halls is a visual representation of the work being done to support survivors of abuse and violence across the borough.
The UN estimates that one in three women will be affected by gendered violence in their life time. While much work is being done to combat domestic abuse in Wirral, for many people, abuse and violence remains a daily part of life.
Orange is the official colour of the campaign, symbolizing a brighter future free from abuse. Wirral will proudly support the #16days, having already taken a robust approach to supporting survivors through partnership work.
In addition to the illuminations, Wirral Council will also be taking part in the global #16days campaign on social media, busting myths about domestic abuse each day of a global ‘16 days of activism’.
The ‘Busting the Myths’ campaign will return for the 16 days of activism to highlight and debunk common misconceptions around domestic abuse. These myths can be harmful to survivors who are already struggling to reach out for support. You can view the campaign video below.
TRFC Vice-Chairman Nicola Palios said, “Tranmere Rovers are committed to tackling the issue of domestic abuse and are fully behind the Council’s #ItsNeverOk campaign. We want to create more awareness about the issue and are using the match on the 24th as a platform to show that domestic abuse is not tolerated at Tranmere or in Wirral.”
Birkenhead and Wallasey’s town halls will shine orange in solidarity from November 23 to November 25.
For information about domestic abuse support in Wirral visit www.itsneverokwirral.org.
Click here for information about the global #16days campaign.