Today is International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, a day that has been marked on November 25th since 1981 and which is the first of 16 days of activism against gender violence. Looking at the situation in the UK and around the world, for girls and women, this season is really necessary to raise awareness of what abuse is, how prevalent it is, and what can be done about it.
Our friends at Restored will be blogging every day, sharing stories of what their partners are doing to combat violence against women around the world.
And Anna Blanch at Goannatree is also hosting guest posts over the next 16 days, with the aim of 'raising awareness of the issue of violence against women (#VAW) by using the voices that we have as writers, poets, bloggers, and scholars, to share stories, facts, to discuss, to reflect, to inspire.'
I'd encourage you to read about the issue, discuss it with male and female friends and colleagues, think about how it impacts the young women and men that you work with, and be honest about whether you are directly affected. And above all, let's work and pray for an end to violence against women.