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Call to action for the 16 days

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AVA held an “I’ll stand up” lunchtime seminar on Monday 25 November to mark this year’s 16 days of action to end violence against women and girls . The seminar was run in association with The Foundry.

During the seminar the Mayor of Lambeth Councillor Marcia Cameron, spoke about work in the London Borough of Lambeth to support women affected by violence and abuse. Lauren Hart from The GAIA Centre in Lambeth spoke about the services that her GAIA provides and how to access them.

The event was attended by 35 people and was chaired by our Director, Donna Covey, who challenged all the organisations present to make a pledge to mark this year’s 16 days of Action and make a difference to the lives of women and girls over the year ahead. She read out the pledges that AVA and The Foundry have made.

AVA’s pledge is

“to continue to improve services for survivors through learning, resources, consultancy and work to end Violence Against Women and Girls through policy, research and prevention.”

The Foundry’s pledge is

“to work with AVA to introduce a section in our tenants’ handbook to further embed equal opportunities and anti-harassment, with specific information on how tenants can prevent gender based abuse and support survivors.”

To date 16 organisations have made a pledge of what they will do over the next year to combat violence against women and girls. All of the inspiring pledges are being displayed in the foyer of The Foundry and are being tweeted throughout the 16 days (@avaproject #16days).  

If you would like to add your organisation’s pledge to the wall there is still time – please contact us. We will be announcing the winners for most innovative and the ‘most shared on Twitter’ pledges on 10 December.

This event was part of our Ascent project work undertaken as part of the London VAWG consortium, which is funded by the London Councils.