16 Days of Action

16 Days Campaign
Published date: 
Tuesday, 24th November 2020

Time for  Action! 

16  Days  of Action  campaign launches on Wednesday 25   November 2020 with us asking all to join Oldham Women’s Network on the 25 November 2020 by wearing something purple.

Oldham Women's Network will be sharing personal stories and speeches  of  hope for survivors  of domestic abuse throughout the 16 days. We are asking local partner agencies to join us and sign our local pledged to never commit, condone or remain silent about domestic violence and abuse.  

The  16 Days  of Action  campaign runs until Thursday 10 December 2020 which was deliberate as to include three other major events: International Human Rights Defenders Day (29 November), World Aids Day (1 December) and the anniversary  of  the Montreal École Polytechnique Massacre (6 December). This is to highlight the connection between human rights and domestic violence. 

  • 1 in 3 women and 1 in 6 men experience domestic abuse
  • On average high-risk victims live with domestic abuse for 2.6 years before getting help
  • 75% of  people who endure domestic violence are targeted at work
  • 62%  of  children living with domestic abuse are directly harmed by the perpetrator  of  the abuse, in addition to the harm caused by witnessing the abuse  o f others 
  • 58%  of  abused women miss at least three  days  of  work a month 
  • Each year more than 100,000 people in the UK are at high and imminent risk of being murdered or seriously injured as a result  of  domestic abuse
  • Each year around 2.1m people suffer some form  of  domestic abuse - 1.4 million women (8.5%  of  the population) and 700,000 men (4.5%  of  the population)  

Oldham Women's Network support the campaign and are encouraging other employers across Oldham, Rochdale and Tameside to sign the pledge and support this important campaign. 

Click here for  information and resources.

Domestic abuse during COVID-19   

Increased tension in relationships and family households caused by the stresses of self-isolation coupled with the fact that victims of domestic abuse are forced to stay inside with their perpetrators, has sadly seen a large increase and rise of domestic abuse and violence. 

Here are some resources for victims and survivors of domestic abuse during covid-19:  

Oldham Women's Network will be doing a whole host  of  things during the campaign including: 

  • SHARE: Distributing domestic abuse information and helpline across sectors via our social media platforms. Share videos that raise awareness of Domestic Abuse and violence. 
  • STAND UP: Encouraging both the  walk in my shoes and 16 day selfie challenges. 
  • SUPPORT: Social media ‘I support  16  days  of  action pledges: which is a commitment to promote the campaign and spread the word  of  domestic abuse support via social media. Tag tweets using our handle @16DaysCampaign. Amplify your voice on social media. These are the key Hash tags: #16DaysCampaign, #RatifyILO190, and #NoMoreMissingRights. 

Kind Regards 

Oldham Women's Network

Click here to download the A4 #YouAreNotAlonePoster.

Can you take on the 16 Day Selfie Challenge? Click here for more information.

Click here to find out about and support 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence.

Keep an eye on this page as more resources and case studies will be added throught the 16 Days of Action.