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What's on for the 16 days against gender based violence campaign

What's on for the 16 days against gender based violence campaign

Saturday 25 November marked the start of the annual United Nations led 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign which highlights the need for more education, support and action to stop domestic abuse against women and girls.

The campaign runs from 25 November through to 10 December and we’re working with our Bolton Family partners to hold a series of events over the 16 days for both the public and professionals.

There will be several in-person activities hosted by us and colleagues from local charities and domestic abuse support services to help people to spot and report the signs of abuse, as well as inspiring survivors to know they deserve better and can follow others who are now thriving.

This year’s theme is ‘This is what activism looks like’, highlighting everyday acts of activism by women in our communities. Celebrating what women do in their daily lives, big or small, that makes them an activist, while also responding to gender-based violence and challenging the root causes including inequalities and gender stereotypes.

Here's a list of events and activities you can get involved in during this year's campaign:

1. Art exhibitions and pledges (no booking required, just drop-in)

We’ve run a number of creative well-being and writing workshops in the lead up to the campaign and you can see all the artwork created by members of our communities at the following centres:

  • Deane UCAN Centre (Wednesday 29 November 9.30-12.30pm)
  • Withins UCAN Centre (Thursday 30 November 9.30-12pm)
  • Tonge UCAN Centre (Monday 4 December 2-4.30pm)
  • New Bury UCAN Centre (Thursday 7 December 9-1pm)
  • Gorton Community space (Thursday 7 December 3-6pm)

Here's where to find our UCAN centres 

Poster for 16 days exhibition UCANS Poster for 16 days exhibitions Deane Poster for 16 days exhibition Withins Poster for 16 days exhibition Tonge  Poster for 16 days exhibition New Bury Poster for 16 days exhibition Gorton

2. Personal Safety classes (Booking required for New Bury session only)

  • New Bury UCAN centre (Tuesday 28 November 11-12pm)

Book your place with or, or just turn up for the following sessions:

  • Willows Community centre (Thursday 30 November 12-1pm)
  • Gorton Community space (Friday 8 December 12-1pm)

Poster for New Bury self defence class Poster for Willows self defence class Poster for Gorton self defence class

3. Farnworth Writers Zine launch (Tuesday 5 December, time and venue TBC)

4. Join the online conversation around gender-based violence with Bolton Council community safety team (Wednesday 6 December 10am)

As part of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, the workshop will help you to:

  • Find out more about the #IsThisOK campaign
  • Hear from two local projects around Positive Masculinity
  • Reflect on what you and your teams can do to support this agenda

For more information, or to register your interest in attending the online workshop (on MS Teams), please email

5. Candlelit vigil with Endeavour- (Friday 8 December 6 to 7.30pm)

The vigil remembers the victims of domestic abuse at Bolton Parish church where Bolton and Bury Rock choir will also be performing. No booking required. 

Poster for the Endeavour Candlelit Vigil

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