International Day to End Violence Against Women


We try and do something to celebrate the International Day to End Violence Against Women every year, or get involved in events – here are the last few:

Monday 25th November 2013 – BBC News Interview

The Home Office announced that Claire's Law (a domestic violence disclosure scheme for people to check new partners' history of abusing) would come into effect in March 2014. Maureen, our Director, was interviewed by BBC Look North's Shamir Masri about how she felt it would impact. While we welcome any measures that increase women's safety, it's important to remember in any checking process that no record does not mean no risk, and it could give a false impression of safety if a perpetrator has not been previously reported. “Clare’s law”, is named after Clare Wood who was murdered in February 2009 by a man she had met on an internet dating site who had a history of violence towards women. 

Also, a service user from our Women's Group and Juno Parenting Group courageously told her story in the Star Newspaper on 27th November  and positively promoted domestic abuse services: they're "truly amazing and it's confidential so nevery worry about anyone finding out"

Friday 23rd November 2012 – YP & Pornography

Profile Picture of Professor Gail DinesProfessor Gail Dines came to Sheffield to deliver a talk on how porn culture has filtered into the mainstream and how business-driven porn is dictating the sexuality of young men and women. Important messages from the talk included: the average 10 year old boy is looking at hardcore porn, market-based need for new material means that  featured girls are getting younger and acts more brutal and dehumanising, the younger that someone accesses porn, the more likely they are to have their own preferences and expectation shaped and ultimately become a loyal customer of the porn industry. Lisa Markham also gave a insightful talk on her experiences of working with Sex Offenders in Sheffield and how porn and new technologies had been used to recruit and abuse.

Friday 25th November 2011 - Sheffield Star Front Page

Jo Davison at the Sheffield Star put together a front page display and 3-page feature to draw attention to the International Day to End Violence Against Women. A vida service user has bravely shared her story of coming to Sheffield fleeing abuse, and there are articles on rates of domestic abuse in Shefffield and South Yorshire, discussion of what those figures mean, as well as a man's story of why he hurt his wife and how he got help. Links all open in a separate window.

If you are experiencing domestic abuse or worried about someone else, ring the Sheffield Helpline on 0808 808 2241.

Thursday 25th November 2010 – Making Waves Conference

Photo of Carlene FirminWAVES (Sheffield End Violence Against Women) voluntary sector forum organised a fantastic conference in Sheffield, looking at how specialist organisations have led the way in creating debate around violence against women and girls and, as our inspiring speakers showed, how they continue to innovate. (Carlene Firmin, pictured, talked about girls affected by gang violence). Find out more on the WAVES page.


What is the International Day for?

In 1999, the United Nations designated 25th November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. In resolution 53/134 the UN General Assembly recognized that: “violence against women is a manifestation of historically unequal power relations between men and women, which have led to domination over and discrimination against women by men and to the prevention of their full advancement, and that violence against women is one of the crucial social mechanisms by which women are forced into subordinate positions, compared with men”.

This day has also been adopted by men opposed to gender based violence as 'White Ribbon Day', to pledge support for campaigns to end violence against women and girls by wearing white ribbons.

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Masked women demonstrating in Sheffield


This date was chosen in honour of the three Mirabal sisters, political activists in the Dominican Republic, whose violent deaths on 25th November 1960 were ordered by Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo (1930-1961). Their fourth sister, Dedé Mirabal, has worked to preserve their memory and tell their stories. Since 1981, women's rights activists have observed a day against violence on the anniversary of the deaths of these three women.


Activities are arranged around the world to raise awareness of the continued need for action to end violence against women and to educate people about the consequences. In 2010, Sheffield WAVES organised an exciting conference on the International Day, to bring frontline voluntary and statutory sector workers together to focus on ways to tackle the issues - see WAVES page for details.