In celebration of International Women’s Day 2019, Zero Tolerance, AMINA The Muslim Women’s Resource Centre, The Church of Scotland and Summerhall ask you to join us in our new campaign #AnyWomanAnywhere to increase awareness and understanding of violence against women.
We’re hosting a series of events at Summerhall, including a photography exhibition, workshops, talks and film screenings. We’re also taking the campaign to the streets with a large scale animation projected on to a building in the Grassmarket, Edinburgh.
In recent years there has been a lot of discussion about women’s inequality. Many people may, therefore, think that ‘we already have equality’. This stands in contrast to the reality of significant inequalities that cause violence against women. This violence affects many women’s lives every day and any woman anywhere can be affected. More than 1 in 3 women experience violence in their lifetime regardless of their backgrounds, social status, sexuality, faith, ethnicity or ability.
Both women and men are more likely to experience violence at the hands of men and all of this violence is unacceptable. This violence isn’t always physical and it can take many different forms: psychological, sexual, spiritual, emotional or verbal. It can be: sexual harassment at work, controlling behaviour in a relationship, stalking, online abuse and street harassment. These forms of violence might not cause physical suffering but still cause huge harm to survivors.