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Join us in the #16DaysChallenge!

We have had enough of women being given rape alarms and drink covers, being asked why they didn’t leave, told to walk in pairs…it doesn’t work. We can’t keep doing the same thing and expect different results. The time has come for a new approach.

On Friday 25th November, the start of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence global campaign and International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, we are launching our #16DaysChallenge.

Supported by our patron, Laura Bates, we want to get people talking about how we end gender-based violence. Campaigns that focus on women keeping themselves safe haven’t worked. Sexual offences recorded by the police in the last year were at the highest level ever recorded (196,889 offences) – an increase of 21%. We need a new approach.

So, we’re asking you – if you could magically change one thing today, what would it be?  

  • criminal justice reform?
  • education?
  • more research into how we can prevent people from becoming perpetrators?
  • or something else?

We want to hear and share your ideas. That is why for this year’s 16 Days of Activism campaign we want you to join us in raising awareness of what would work and help us to start the conversation about what would make a difference right now to end gender-based violence.

How to get involved:

  1. between 25th November – 10th December, make a short video saying one thing you would like to see changed
  2. share it on social media with the hashtags #16DaysChallenge and #16Days, tagging SARSAS
  3. tag one other person you would like to pass the challenge on to.
“16 days of activism against gender-based violence is a vital opportunity to go beyond awareness and focus on action. In a country where fewer than 2% of rapes reported to police result in a charge or summons, where over half a million women are sexually assaulted every year and almost a third of girls experience unwanted sexual touching at school, it has never been more important to take real action on sexual violence. As patron of SARSAS, I have seen first-hand the vital, lifesaving work they do and I couldn’t be prouder to support them in this campaign.”
Laura Bates, founder of The Everyday Sexism Project, writer, activist and SARSAS patron

Let’s raise our voices and demand change! Together we can end gender-based violence!

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