25 November marks the UN’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, as well as White Ribbon Day, which looks to end male violence against women and girls.
The theme for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women is orange the world: end violence against women now. In support, Guildford landmarks the Castle, the Guildhall and Tunsgate will be illuminated in orange to mark the day, and local women’s group Zonta Guildford will be holding a peaceful march through the town in support.
White Ribbon Day supporters wear a white ribbon in solidarity with the pledge to never commit, excuse or remain silent about male violence against women. White Ribbon UK want to encourage as many people as possible to sign up to the online pledge, as part of a nationwide call to see an end to male on female violence.
2021 has seen a real focus on the issue of violence against women and girls, highlighted by the murders of Sarah Everard and Sabina Nessa. In response, the UK Government also released their tackling violence against women and girls strategy back in July.