Kate Cook writes about the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

The 25th November is a UN designated day of action against violence against women.  The date was originally chosen by sisters living in the southern hemisphere, where November is a much more positive time for being out and about.  Nevertheless, the northwest of England has a strong tradition of organising events to mark this important day.  The 25th November is also the first day of “16 days of activism against Gender-Based violence” which runs through to 10th December, which is Human Rights Day.  A number of events are being put together locally and this post aims to let you know about some you might be interested in.

On the 27th November this year (Sunday) women will march to remember the women who are killed by known men, each year, in the UK.  You can still register to get involved, here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dead-women-walking-domestic-violence-murder-march-tickets-28758634851

 Independent Choices is our local domestic violence helpline and they organise a candlelit vigil to remember women who have been killed, each year.  This year the vigil is on Friday 2nd December at 5pm, at the Cenotaph, St Peter’s Square.

You can also support the helpline by joining them for their Independent Choices Buffet and Quiz Night Monday 28th November 6pm. This evening of fun and delicious vegetarian food will be at the Nip and Tipple, Upper Chorlton Road. Tickets only £14. To buy a ticket please email joannesimpson@independentchoices.org.uk

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