End vi­o­lence against girls and women

West Lothian Courier - - News - Mar­jorie Kerr

West Loth­ian Coun­cil is sup­port­ing the 16 days of ac­tion cam­paign to tackle gen­der-based vi­o­lence in our so­ci­ety.

A spe­cial march has been or­gan­ised at 10.30am to­mor­row (Fri­day) at How­den Park Cen­tre in Liv­ingston to mark the cam­paign, which runs from In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day on Satur­day, No­vem­ber 25, and In­ter­na­tional Hu­man Rights Day on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 10.

Every­one is in­vited to join the march, which will make its way from How­den Park Cen­tre to West Loth­ian Civic Cen­tre, fol­lowed by speeches and re­fresh­ments.

A series of events in­volv­ing West Loth­ian Coun­cil, Po­lice Scot­land and West Loth­ian Women’s Aid have also been ar­ranged dur­ing the 16 days, in­clud­ing train­ing ses­sions, school ac­tiv­i­ties and aware­ness- rais­ing stalls at The Cen­tre in Liv­ingston.

West Loth­ian Women’s Aid have also launched a new web­site to mark 16 days of ac­tion at www. wlwa.org.uk.

De­pute leader of West Loth­ian Coun­cil, Kirsteen Sul­li­van, said: “I’m de­lighted that West Loth­ian will host our first ever 16 Days of Ac­tion march, which will mark the end of a series of events rais­ing aware­ness about vi­o­lence against women and girls.

“Vi­o­lence against women is a vi­o­la­tion of hu­man rights, and events in West Loth­ian are amongst those tak­ing place all over world to tackle the is­sue. Within West Loth­ian, part­ner agen­cies are com­mit­ted to work­ing to­gether to­wards our shared goal chal­leng­ing and elim­i­nat­ing vi­o­lence against women and girls from our so­ci­ety.

“I hope as many women, men and chil­dren as pos­si­ble can come along to the march on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 8, to show their sol­i­dar­ity on this vi­tal is­sue. In West Loth­ian we are com­mit­ted to en­sur­ing our com­mu­ni­ties are safe places, of­fer­ing im­proved life chances for all and a bet­ter qual­ity of life for every­one.”

Chief In­spec­tor Liz Macleod, lo­cal area com­man­der for West Loth­ian, said: “This is a great op­por­tu­nity for the peo­ple of West Loth­ian to come to­gether to show their sup­port in rais­ing aware­ness about vi­o­lence against women and girls.

“Your sup­port can in­flu­ence and af­fect change to im­prove op­por­tu­ni­ties for women and chil­dren in West Loth­ian to seek safety and ad­vice.”

Help is avail­able for any­one ex­pe­ri­enc­ing gen­der- based vi­o­lence through the spe­cial­ists in the coun­cil’s Do­mes­tic and Sex­ual As­sault Team ( DASAT). Please call 01506 281055 or email dasat@ west­loth­ian.gov.uk for con­fi­den­tial and friendly sup­port.

In an emer­gency, al­ways call the po­lice on 999.

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