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16 Days Of Action For The Elimination Of Violence Against Women

November 25, 2010

16 Days logo2010 Theme: Structures of Violence: Defining the Intersections of Militarism and Violence Against Women.

16 Days of Action For The Elimination of Violence Against Women runs from  the  25th November to the 10th December when organisations  worldwide raise awareness of violence against women.

The global theme for this years campaign is ‘Structure of Violence: Defining the Intersections of Militarism and Violence Against Women’. In simple terms, the focus for this year’s 16 Days will be on the links between miltaristic values and their structures which serve to perpetuate violence against women. It is already well documented that the use of force, coercion and sexual violence in countries where there is armed conflict disproportionately affects women and young women are especially vulnerable by their age and gender. We know that in many countries rape is used as a weapon of war and is a clear manifestation of militaristic attitudes. Rape and sexual abuse are not just a by product of war but is now used as a military strategy. More generally militarism serves to create a culture of fear and emabraces the view that violence is an effective way to solve problems in society. However this is not just an issue for overseas forces but also an issue for armed forces families in the UK. Domestic abuse is hidden from public view and women who serve in the military are sometimes at risk from harassment and sexual assault from their collegues.

With a theme as wide and far reaching as this it can be difficult to pinpoint how we can specifically link the campaign to people in Glasgow. However, some members of the asylum and refugee population in the city may relate to aspects of the theme as well as Glaswegians who have links with the British Military. More generally, it is important that we are all made aware of the links between military structures, gender and violence against women.

Full calender of events and more information at http://www.16days.org/

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