16 Days of Action and White Ribbon campaign

The 16 Days of Action run from November 25 to December 10 each year.

The aim is to raise awareness of domestic violence and abuse. The 16 Days of Action stem from the original movement of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence which first began in 1991.

This year, Leeds has decided that our theme will be coercive controlling behaviour and stalking.

In addition, November 25 (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) is officially White Ribbon day and so marks the start of the 16 Days of Action.

White Ribbon UK was founded in 2005 and is part of the global movement to end male violence against women. The mission is to work with men and boys to challenge male cultures that lead to harassment, abuse and violence. Anyone can make the White Ribbon promiseExternal link which states:

I promise to...
Never commit, excuse or remain silent about male violence against women.

For those with an interest in the cause, they can become White Ribbon Ambassadors or Champions.

Leeds City Council was awarded White Ribbon status in January 2019 and we intend to hold a number of events during the 16 Days of Action and on White Ribbon day – this year there will be a visible presence at key locations within the city, encouraging people to make the promise, briefing sessions around Coercive Control and Stalking and a conference.

If you or your organisation would like to fundraise during the 16 Days of Action we would kindly ask that donations are given to the Leeds Domestic Violence Service (LDVS)External link or Support After Rape and Sexual Violence Leeds (SARSVL)External link.

You can find more information on the 16 Days of Action websiteExternal link and the White Ribbon websiteExternal link.