16 days 2022: what next?

16 days of Activism against gender-based violence is an annual international campaign which calls for the end of violence against women and girls. 

A worldwide campaign to end violence against women and girls will launch on 25 November – International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women – as part of 16 Days of Activism.  

The themes for 2022 are LightUp and What Next? and ask that we all look to see what positive steps we can take to eradicate violence against women and girls in all its forms. 16 Days runs until 10 December, which is International Human Rights Day.

It is an international campaign backed by the United Nations and organisations around the world with a call for the Prevention and Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG). 16 Days gives us all an opportunity to come together to increase awareness of VAWG, promote a zero tolerance approach, and the rights of women and girls. Through the campaign we share knowledge and creative ways to achieve equality and respect for everyone, regardless of their gender.

1 in 3

In 2020-21, Police Scotland recorded 65,251 incidents of domestic abuse and figures from UN Women show that 1 in 3 women experience physical or sexual violence mostly by an intimate partner with disabled women twice as likely to experience violence compared to non-disabled women. In total, Scottish Government figures show that violence against women and girls costs Scotland £4billion.

East Lothian and Midlothian’s Public Protection Committee has led on 16 days of Activism working with its partners including East Lothian Council, East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership, Midlothian Council, East and Midlothian Health and Social Care Partnerships, Police Scotland, Women’s Aid, Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre, VCEL and Queen Margaret University. The Committee has organised an online launch event on Friday 25 November 1pm-3.30pm to focus on What Next? how we can engage men and boys to challenge negative stereotypes and create meaningful change.

What will you do?

There are a number of ways that you can get involved in 16 days of activism and commit to positive change in our area. 

Get involved

There are a number of ways that you can get involved in 16 Days (and beyond) and help contribute to ending violence against women and girls:

Look out for more information about 16 Days during the campaign window and help us to make Scotland Equally Safe for everyone.

Find out more about the support networks

Find out more about support networks in your area and the services that exist. In East and Midlothian this includes: 

Women’s Aid East and Midlothian – domestic abuse support for women and children and young people  
Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre – Advocacy Service
FearFree Domestic Abuse Service for any man or LGBTQI+ person experiencing domestic abuse
Shakti Women’s Aid support for black and minority ethnic women 
Families First Midlothian for men who have been abusive towards a partner or ex-partner and would like help – call 0131 285 9600 (Midlothian only)
No 11 Women’s Social Supper in Dalkeith – weekly free event for women to socialise, feel pampered and enjoy food and refreshments – FaceBook Group (Midlothian only)
Anam Cara support to empower women through developing life changing resilience skills

National Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline – for anyone 
National Respect Phoneline Choose to stop – help for domestic violence perpetrators

Find out more

Follow us on social media to find out more about our activities locally during 16 days:
East and Midlothian Public Protection Committee

East Lothian Council

East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership

Edinburgh Rape Crisis

Midlothian Council

Midlothian Health and Social Care Partnership

NHS Lothian

Police Scotland

Women’s Aid East and Midlothian