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16 Days of Action

Against Gender Based Violence

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The University of Stirling Students’ Union community, is proud to once again be supporting the annual 16 Days of Action against Gender Based Violence campaign. This global campaign runs from International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (25th November) to International Human Rights Day (10th December) every year. 

What are we doing?

Across each day, we'll be sharing information on local and national support, organisations fighting for change and events you can get involved with both in person and virtually.

16 Miles over 16 Days – our officers will be walking 1 mile a day for 16 days to raise awareness about the campaign. If you wish to be involved, get walking from the 25th of November and use the hashtag #SU16Miles or tag our social channels @stirlingunion. 

There are a range of events taking place across the 16 days in addition to sharing information;

24th Nov 14:00 - 15:30 - Event: Bystander Training

The training will be delivered by Graham Goulden,an experienced and committed leadership and violence prevention trainer.  

The bystander approach by Graham does not simply aim to teach others how to intervene. It is an approach that is used to create much needed conversations around behaviour and social norms.  Removing the traditional ‘victim, perpetrator’ approach, Graham is able engage audiences in conversations which cover a variety of social issues. The bystander approach used by Graham is a strategy to re-enforce the already existent pro-social norms that exist in society.

The workshop will last 90 minutes from 2pm - 3.30pm on 24th Nov 21 and takes place over Zoom. A link will be provided to you shortly before the event if you have signed up by at least 1 hour before it starts.

Bystander Training Sign Up Form

25th Nov – Launch day - White Ribbon Day – start of the Officers 1 mile a day challenge.  

29th Nov 15:00 - 17:00 – Event: Self-defence with Stirling’s Muay Thai Boxing (International Women/ Human Rights Defenders Day). 

This self-defence session will be hosted by the Muay Thai Boxing club. The session is free to attend, no experience required and will be a safe place to learn about self-defence. Sign up is required as there is limited space.  

Sign up for the session.

Please note do not attend this session if you are feeling unwell or have been in contact with anyone with COVID-19. The session will comply with all current government guidelines. 

30th Nov 19:00 - 20.30 – Event: Consent & safe sex panel with Reclaim Stirling, Stirling Survivors Support, Emily Test, and Stirling Sexual Heath & Education Society. 

Join our panel to learn about consent, safe sex and ask any questions you may have in a judgement free safe space. 

Reclaim Stirling is a campaign pushing for change at Stirling University in their strategy towards tackling the culture of sexual violence on campus, ran by students for students. 

Stirling Survivors Support is a support group for sexual trauma at Stirling University, run by students, for students.

EmilyTest is a charity in Scotland working to improve prevention, intervention and support concerning gender-based violence (GBV) in further and higher education.

Stirling Sexual Health & Education Society (SSHES) is a Student Union society that give students a safe and comfortable place where they feel they can chat and be educated on safe sex. 

You can join the panel via Teams: Meeting Link

2nd Dec, 12:00 - 13:00 – Event: Guest Speakers Luke & Ryan Hart. Luke and Ryan Hart are award-winning domestic abuse advocates, authors and international keynote speakers. Through their inspiring and educational keynote speeches, they have directly presented to over 10,000 people, in more than 130 speaking engagements across 12 countries. They share their story as White Ribbon Ambassadors and Refuge Champions. They try to help people understand what it’s like to live in coercive control and to begin to understand how a victim of coercive control might not even recognise it themselves.

You can find out more about Luke and Ryan's work on their website: https://www.cocoawareness.co.uk/ 

You can join the webinar via Teams: Meeting Link

3rd Dec 12:00 - 13:00 – Event: Disabled People and Domestic Abuse (International Day of Persons with Disabilities) hosted in partnership with the Student Union and the Disabled Students Assocation Stirling.  

Join our panel to learn about disabled people and domestic abuse, you can ask any questions you may have in a judgement free safe space. 

You can join the panel via Teams: Meeting Link

6th Dec 19:00 - 20:00 – Event: Self Care with our Sororities Societies 
Join our panel to learn about how you can look after yourself and others with the two sororities of our Students' Union, you can ask any questions you may have in a judgement free safe space. The Two sororities will give an overview of what they do and share some of their tips and tricks for self-care. While both groups are sororities, they have their own goals and unique outlooks and advice. 

Tri Alpha (AAA) - AAA was established in 2020. Their mantra is "Luctus cum honore, Nos radiatis lumen, in perpetuum", which means "United with honor let us radiate light forever" Tri Alpha's three key values are: Empowerment, Attainment of goals (Academia focused) and Physical and Mental Wellbeing. 

Zeta Kappa Rho (ZKP) - ZKP is proud to be the first Scottish Sorority, established in 2014 right here in Stirling. Their mantra is “Nos Sumus Fortes Stare”, which means "Together we stand stronger". Zeta Kappa Rho’s three key values are: Friendship, Philanthropy and Education.

You can join the panel via Teams: Meeting Link

9th Dec 17:30 - 19.30 – Event: First Aid information session hosted by our Medical & Engineering Society, Paramedic Society and Alyson, VP Communities. 

This is a free session, you do not need any previous first aid experience and we encourage people with no prior knowledge to come and learn the basics. This is not a formal training session, but rather an overview of key information and a space to ask first aid questions. The session will be ran by trained first aid instructors within our Students' Union. Sign up is required due to limited capacity.

Sign up for the session.

Please note do not attend this session if you are feeling unwell or have been in contact with anyone with COVID-19. 

Support Available
We'll be sharing and spotlighting various support networks across the campaign but we wanted to put some helpful links in this news story too. Please remember you can always reach out to us at theunion@stir.ac.uk or contact the University here - Preventing and tackling gender based and sexual violence

Fourth Valley Rape Crisis

Stirling Survivors Support

Stirling Nightline

Rape Crisis Scotland

Galop UK (LGBTQ+)

Women’s Aid

ManKind Initative

Survivors UK

National Domestic Violence Hotline

Safe Lives

Bright Sky

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