Turning the borough orange

Residents are being urged to wear orange and make a pledge to stand up to violence against women and girls as part of an international campaign against domestic violence.

​Newham Council is supporting the UN’s 16 Days of Activism to raise awareness of the issue, which begins on the International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women, 25 November, and ends on Human Rights Day, 10 December. To support the campaign, Newham Council will be hosting free events in partnership with local community groups to promote the support available, as well as share experiences and send a clear message of zero tolerance towards domestic and sexual violence (DSV) in Newham - writes newham.gov.uk.

This year’s theme ‘Orange the World’ symbolises a desire to create a brighter future without violence.

Sir Robin Wales, Mayor of Newham, said: “Domestic or sexual violence are completely unacceptable and the only way to rid society of it is by challenging and changing perceptions. I am proud that here in Newham we are playing our part, not just through the support services we commission but also by holding a range of events to raise awareness of the issue.”

A special event will take place at Newham Town Hall, East Ham, on Tuesday 28 November, between 9am and 1.30pm. There will be information and advice stalls from various adult social care and health providers, including the Newham One Stop Shop, as well as survivors sharing their stories and musical performances from support groups.

Councillor Lakmini Shah, cabinet member for domestic violence, added: “There is absolutely no place for any kind of violence against women or girls. We will raise awareness and continue reinforcing the message that no-one needs to put up with it, wherever it happens.

“I am delighted that again Newham is backing the UN’s 16 Days of Activism and I would urge all our residents to follow our lead and support anyone who may be suffering.”

Councillor Shah has worked with community groups and residents to encourage women to attend Conversation Cafés across Newham to discuss issues of concern.

During the 16 Days of Activism there will be a series of workshops around healthy relationships, raising children and how to raise concerns about a potentially vulnerable person. The final event will be a candle lit vigil at Theatre Square in Stratford from 4-6pm, on Monday 11 December.

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