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Counting Women in

Campaign for women to have greater presence and voice in UK politics. To achieve this aim the campaign lobbies for changing the UK's political culture, to make it work for, not against, women.

For more information visit http://www.countingwomenin.org

END FGM European Campaign

END FGM European Campaign is led by Amnesty International Ireland, working with NGO's and EU member states. The campaign aims to put female genital mutilation high on the EU agenda and to echo the voices of women who have undergone FGM and those at risk of being subjected to it.

For more information visit http://www.endfgm.eu/en/

Trust Your Instinct Campaign

The aim of this campaign is to encourage the early identification of stalking behaviour. Recent research shows that 77% of stalking victims don't report the situation until over 100 incidents have taken place (Sheridan & NSS 2009).

For more information visit www.trustyourinstinct.org

Feel like you're living in a war zone?

A national campaign launched by the Scottish government with the support of Voice Against Violence intended to reach out to young people who's lives are affected by domestic abuse and urging them to contact ChildLine.

For more information visit www.voiceagainstviolence.org.uk

Not Ever

Rape Crisis Scotland launched 'Not Ever', a new public awareness campaign tackling women blaming attitudes to rape, in July 2010. The campaign takes the form of a hard hitting 30 second TV which is being screened across Scotland for nine weeks. The campaign has a dedicated website – www.notever.co.uk – where people can view the advert, get more info about the campaign, and download posters.

For more information about the campaign contact the Rape Crisis Scotland office on 0141 331 4180 or email info@rapecrisisscotland.org.uk

Scottish Women's Aid 'Stop' Campaign

Stop domestic abuse campaign offers practical suggestions about how we can all work together to stop domestic abuse. SWA suggest 10 things you can do; template letters you can send, a pledge you can sign, or resources you might want to take to your workplace, school, university or faith group.

The Stop campaign is about supporting everybody to do one thing to stop domestic abuse. We want to know how you would stop domestic abuse and what you think we need to do, as a community. We know that as communities, whether of identity or location, we care about each other. Already we’ve had 178 pledges since we launched on the 25th and many people have sent us what they are doing to stop domestic abuse.

For more information visit www.togetherwecanstopit.org

White Ribbon Scotland

White Ribbon Scotland is a campaign to involvement in tackling violence against women. It is a joint initiative by a coalition of organisations, individuals and groups of men around Scotland. White Ribbon Scotland contributes to ending violence against women by engaging men and boys in taking action on the issue. We do this by raising awareness, promoting discussion and providing information and resources to support personal and collective action among men.

The campaogn has a dedicated website www.whiteribbonscotland.org.uk where men can make their pledge to help end violence against women and gives women the opportunity to support the campaign.

Stop Sex Trafficking of Children and Young People

NGOs across Europe and the world have joined forces with The Body Shop to launch a campaign to combat child trafficking. Sign the petition to lobby your government to take action on trafficking and to protect its victims.

Visit the petition website to join the campaign.

New attitudinal campaign in Wales

In June 2010, the Welsh Assembly Government launched a national public awareness campaign looking at everyday behaviours towards women and linking these commonplace behaviours with violence against women.

The campaign asks the public, 'Where does harmless end, and abusive begin?'. It was widely welcomed by the women's sector in Wales including Welsh Women's Aid and the campaigning coalition Wales Violence Against Women Action Group.

There campaign includes TV adverts, billboard posters, washroom posters, and phonebox posters across Wales, and there is a dedicated website, www.onesteptoofar.org

Stop Blame

The Stop Blame campaign, launched by the Welsh Assembly, aims to dispel the myth that victims of rape or assault are in any way responsible for the heinous crimes that they suffer.

Victims of rape or sexual assault may be reluctant to report the crime for fear of being judged as responsible for what has happened to them. The campaign aims to put an end to this attitude by showing victims, perpetrators and the public that the blame lays solely with the assailant and not with the victim.

Rape. Sexual assault. There is NO excuse. Let’s stop blaming the victim.

For more information about the campaign visit www.stopblame.org

End Prostitution Now

Glasgow City Council launched End Prostitution Now in December 2009, which aims to raise awareness of the harm caused through prostitution. The campaign puts the focus firmly on the buyers of sex, who create the demand, and who have been invisible for too long.

An amendment which would criminalise the purchase, marketing and facilitation of sexual services was submitted by Trish Godman MSP during Stage 2 of the Criminal Justice and Licensing Bill.

Visit the campaign website www.endprostitutionnow.org to support and follow the progress of the campaign and the proposed amendment to criminalise demand.

Tightening the law on extreme pornography

In March 2009, the Scottish Government introduced the Criminal Justice and Licensing Scotland Bill, criminalising the possession of extreme pornography.

This legislation is an important step in what we hope will be the beginning of a process to address the harm caused by pornography. Many young people are getting their first information and experience on sex and sexuality from internet pornography. The implications of this on both their self-esteem and understanding of the nature of sex, sexuality and its place in their lives is massive. Most worrying is the message it gives to young people about the normative roles men and women act out during sex, men dominant and women passive; men violent and brutal, women aroused by violence and brutality.

Along with Rape Crisis Scotland and the Women’s Support Project, we are working to strengthen the Bill’s provisions.

This Is Not An Invitation To Rape Me

In October 2008 Rape Crisis Scotland launched a new public awareness campaign entitled This Is Not An Invitation To Rape Me.

With their campaign, Rape Crisis Scotland wants to confront attitudes blaming women for rape in a very direct way, and invites members of the public in Scotland to join them in putting an end to these attitudes.The campaign comprises a range of images (and supporting materials) inviting people to examine their own attitudes to the situations presented, and enter the debate campaign generates.

For more information visit www.thisisnotaninvitationtorapeme.co.uk

 

We Can Stop It

The ‘we can stop it’ campaign has been created by Scottish police forces partially to raise awareness of these changes. However, more importantly, it asks you to take responsibility for your knowledge and pride in your attitude.

For more information visit http://www.wecanstopit.co.uk

 

You Can Change This

Violence against women thrives in a culture of denial and silence. The You Can Change This campaign aims to unite the Scottish Muslim community, and friends, to break this silence. The campaign will raise awareness about all forms of violence against women in communities where the subject is often still seen as taboo.

For more information visit http://www.changethis.org.uk/