16 Days of Activism launched in Argyll

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Argyll and Bute Rape Crisis is again supporting and highlighting the UNiTE 16 Days of Activism campaign.

The campaign, which runs from Monday November 25 to December 10, under the theme Orange the World: Generation Equality Stands against Rape!, will mark the 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence.

While the names, times and contexts may differ, women and girls universally experience rape, sexual violence and abuse in times of peace or war.

Rape is rooted in a complex set of patriarchal beliefs, power and control that continue to create a social environment in which sexual violence is pervasive and normalised. Exact numbers of rape and sexual assaults are notoriously difficult to confirm due to frequent latitude and impunity for perpetrators, stigma towards survivors and their subsequent silence.

In recent years, the voices of survivors and activists, through campaigns such as #MeToo, #TimesUp, #Niunamenos, #NotOneMore, #BalanceTonPorc and others, have put the spotlight on sexual violence to the point where it cannot be silenced or ignored any more.

Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in the world today and is a threat to millions of girls and women online and offline. It affects women regardless of their age, background or level of education.

As in previous years, the colour orange will be a key theme unifying all activities. Buildings and landmarks will be lit and decorated in orange to bring global attention to the issue of violence against women and girls and the campaign invites everyone to ‘Orange the World’, using the colour designated by the UNiTE campaign to symbolise a brighter future without violence.

Across Argyll and Bute, it is planned to mark this by illuminating public landmarks including Oban’s McCaig’s Tower orange and displaying banners in Campbeltown, Dunoon, Oban and Rothesay. An inaugural march will be held in Dunoon on Monday November 25 to raise awareness and show support for the elimination of gender-based violence, meeting at the Queen’s Hall at 6pm. # Orange the World.