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

The We Love MCR Charity are proud to have supported several organisations that work to end violence against women in Manchester – they offer expert advice and support, can offer vital safe accommodation and raise awareness and campaign for the rights of women. 

Marie O’Neill-Steinegger (WLMC charity grants manager and part time domestic violence worker) says:

“We know that the organisations we have supported have saved lives. They have been there for women throughout the lockdown when we know the risk to women has increased. They have supported women to access vital advice, support and most importantly, safety.”

Here are some of the events planned in Manchester covering the #16days 

  • From Monday 25th November to Tuesday 10th December, 17 Manchester charities and organisations are making their voices heard through a creative campaign centred around Emmeline Pankhurst’s statue, Our Emmeline, in St Peter’s Square. Each day of the campaign a new organisation will dress Emmeline in clothing representing a different job role, as a reminder of the campaign’s objectives and the call internationally for change in the workplace.  We can’t wait to see what Emmeline will be dressed as each day! 
  • Independent Choices will be using the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence to highlight domestic abuse across Greater Manchester by running a social media video campaign, supported by prominent faith, political, and other local leaders and influencers. The videos explain what domestic abuse looks like and what help is available to support victims. On the final day of the campaign they will be holding a virtual Candlelight Vigil in memory of the murdered women and would urge other organisations and leaders across Greater Manchester to join them in changing their social media profile pictures on 10th December”. 
  • Manchester Womens Aid are encouraging people to walk or run 1600 miles in 16 days.  They are asking people to tweet using the #walkingagainstsdva  

We’ll update this page with more events as we see them.

In 2020, we supported 8 organisations who deal directly with the impacts and victims of gender based violence. Those are: 

MCR Womens Aidread about the success of their grant here. 

Independent Choices

Manchester Rape Crisis 

Safespots Wythenshawe 

Olive Pathway 

Childrens Society (offering counselling to children who have witnessed DV) 

Safety 4 Sisters 

The River Manchester 


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