Published: Tuesday, 24th November 2015
The global 16 Days of Action to tackle violence against women begins this week – with members of the public encouraged to support the campaign.
It runs from Wednesday 25 November to Thursday 10 December, with Galashiels hosting a Reclaim the Night march on Saturday 28 November.
Reclaim the Night march, Saturday 28 November
Those seeking to take part are asked to gather at 5.30pm at MacArts Centre on Bridge Street before the march starts at 6pm.
Everyone is then invited into MacArts to listen to speakers discuss the campaign, with soup and drinks also on offer.
Earlier on Saturday, MacArts will also host an art exhibition and information stalls from 2pm to 4pm, where free craft workshops will be available for children of all ages to make shakers and banners to take on the march.
16 Days of Action to tackle violence against women
The global event 16 Days of Action aims to turn attention towards the elimination of all forms of violence against women.
The event normally takes place from 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) to 10 December (International Human Rights Day), making the link between women’s human rights and their experience of violence. Campaign organisers say a quarter of women are affected by domestic violence in their adult lifetimes.
Councillor Donald Moffat, Executive Member for Community Safety
“It would be fantastic if we could get as many people as possible to take part in the Reclaim the Night March, this year taking place in Galashiels, and support the 16 Days of Action campaign.
“We should have no-one living in fear of abuse, in whatever form it takes, and that is why 16 Days of Action is a vital movement to try to end violence against women.”
Domestic abuse help and support
If you are a victim of domestic abuse, there is advice available.