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16 Days of Activism - Event "What about the men?" for Elected Members

What About the Men?
Monday 7th December 1.30 – 3.00 p.m.
Chaired by COSLA Vice President, Cllr Graham Houston

 The session will enable attendees to

learn more about the role and the importance of Violence Against Women Projects (VAWP’s)
hear from some VAWP Leads and some invited representatives from specialist organisations exploring Equally Safe’s gendered analysis in the context of VAWG and men

If you would like to attend this session please contact Sylvia@COSLA.gov.uk and she will send you joining details.

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence 2020
Programme of Events in Shetland

The 16 Days are an international campaign that runs from 25 November, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day. It also includes International Men’s Day (19 November), Trans Day of Remembrance, and World Children’s Day (both 20 November).



Saturday 5 December 2020

Volunteers with BEE (Bold, Equal & Empowered), Shetland Rape Crisis’ young activists’ group, would like to invite you to join a socially-distanced walk and social media takeover under the hashtag #WisToo on Saturday 5th December at Clickimin Loch (walk = between 10am-1pm, social media takeover = all day), as part of the global 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.

The group, supported by Shetland Rape Crisis, has organised an outdoor exhibition highlighting facts relating to the 16 days and gender-based violence, and this exhibition will be on display at the walk route from this week until 10th December. The exhibition boards were designed and printed by sponsors Lou Jackson Design and Artmachine.

In addition, the group had #WisToo facemasks printed and are asking you to take a selfies one on and post with the hashtags #WisToo #16Days and #ShetlandRapeCrisis on 5th December. Masks can be picked up from Mareel from 18th November or on the walk day at the bus stop area near Clickimin Broch.


  • daily posts on Shetland Women’s Aid website www.shetlandwa.org and on their facebook page
  • Every 9 minutes Police Scotland get a call about Domestic Abuse. The link to this short video has been shared through Police Scotland website to partner agencies:
    The video is directed at the perpetrator.  A female officer is stating comments that a perpetrator has made toward victims.
  • The new Scotland’s Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline – 0800 027 1234
  • What is Domestic Abuse? – definition in three parts will be posted on Police Scotland website each day and shared with partner agencies.
  • Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2018 – Coercion Control – messages directed to young people followed by a short message to remind the victim it isn’t their fault.
  • Right to Ask – allows concerned members of the public, such as relatives and friends, the “right to ask” about someone’s partner if they are concerned that person has been abusive in the past. This information will be posted on Police Scotland website and shared with partner agencies.

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence 2019

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign that starts on 25 November, International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and runs until 10 December, Human Rights Day.

Shetland Domestic Partnership are supporting 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence 2019 with a series of public events, training, exhibitions etc.

For more information about events taking place in Shetland during 16 Days of Activism please see the calendar below:


Monday 25 November 2019

Tuesday 26 November 2019

Town Hall clock lit orange

‘smalls for all’ collection (international charity which sends underwear to African Women in Poverty – to run throughout) - for more information and to find out where to donate please visit Shetland Rape Crisis on Facebook. 

PUBLIC EVENT - Local Action on Violence Against Women – Dr Mary Hepburn – 3pm – 5pm – Lerwick Town Hall (booking required)

‘No More! Learning Disability Educational Training & Resource Opportunity 10am-4pm - Auditorium, Shetland Museum & Archives (booking required)

Zero Tolerance Exhibition ‘Violence Unseen’ – Shetland Museum Auditorium

Thursday 28 November 2019

Tuesday 3 December 2019

Zero Tolerance Exhibition ‘Violence Unseen’ – Sumburgh Airport (to Monday 2 December)

Zero Tolerance Exhibition ‘Violence Unseen’ – Anderson High School (accompanied all day) 

Wed 4 December 2019

Thursday 5 December 2019

PUBLIC EVENTThe Insidious Nature of Domestic Abuse – Luke Hart - 11am – 1pm - Auditorium, Shetland Museum & Archives (booking required)

Zero Tolerance Exhibition ‘Violence Unseen’ – Booth Gallery, Hillswick (to Tuesday 10 December)


OrangeTheWorld #GenerationEquality

Key dates: White Ribbon Day – 25 November | International day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women – 25 November | Day of Listening - 29 November | International Women Human Rights Defenders Day – 29 November | World Aids Day – 1 December | Anger Awareness Week – 1-7 December | Human Rights Day - 10 December

Local Training / Events

Shetland Women's Aid Domestic Abuse Conference 2019

Presentation by Dr Marsha Scott

'Gender, Human Rights and the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2018: Challenging and Changing Coercive Control in Scotland'

Part 1:

Marsha PT 1 from Keiba Clubb on Vimeo.

Part 2:

Marsha PT2 from Keiba Clubb on Vimeo.

National Training / Events

Part-time Course
Gender Justice and Violence: Feminist Approaches (in Partnership With Scottish Women’s Aid) (CPD) 
Outcomes: 10 or 20 credit points at SCQF level 9.
Start Date: TBC.
Location/Attendance: Attendance at two 2-day workshops in Edinburgh is required. The remainder of study is at home or in your workplace




Over 100 cases of domestic abuse take place in Shetland every year, with 115 recorded in 2017-18. There are around 60,000 cases recorded in Scotland annually - that is one every ten minutes. Domestic Abuse affects people across our community regardless of sex, race, age, religion, sexuality, income or lifestyle.

Domestic abuse is unacceptable and you have a right to be safe. You do have options and there are people who can help you.

These are the phone numbers and weblinks:

In an emergency dial 999
Tel: 101 - Non Emergency calls

Tel: 01595 692070
Help for women and children experiencing domestic abuse. May be able to offer safe and secure accommodation for you and your children



Tel: 01595 747174 / 07570 062362
Free and confidential information,advocacy and support for anyone in Shetland aged 13 and over affected by any form of sexual violence.



National Support Centre Tel: 0800 2160 1985
Free and confidential emotional and practical assistance for victims of crime and information about the criminal justice system.

Tel: 0800 027 1234
Free confidential support for people who have experienced domestic abuse.

Tel: 0808 801 0327 Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
Confidential helpline for men experiencing domestic violence or abuse.