Arts centre An Lanntair will glow purple for the next ten days as it joins the Western Isles Violence Against Women Partnership (WIVAWP) and NHS Western Isles in support of a campaign against gender-based violence.
The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign is an annual international effort to raise awareness of the continued damage gender-based violence does across the world. This year the campaign is running from November 25 to December 10.
To highlight the campaign, WIVAWP have created a ‘light up’ theme, supported by An Lanntair's visual message.
The group will also have daily social media communications, and is encouraging people to learn more about, speak out against, and support survivors of gender-based violence.
Meanwhile An Lanntair will also be showing a short video entitled 'Imagine', featuring a poem of the same name by Myra Ross, before screenings.
The United Nations believes nearly one in three women globally experience physical or sexual violence, mostly by an intimate partner. In 2021, around 45,000 women and girls worldwide were killed by their intimate partners or other family members - a number that equates to more than five an hour.
Dorothy Macdonald, Chair of WIVAWP and Lead Nurse Public Protection, NHS Western Isles, said “We believe that everyone has the right to live free from violence, regardless of their gender. We call on individuals, governments, and organisations to join us in making a stand against gender-based violence.
“Together, we can imagine a world where all women and girls are safe and respected. Western Isles Violence Against Women Partnership is dedicated to ending gender-based violence in the Western Isles. Our members provide support, advocate for policy change, and educate the public about gender-based violence.”
A spokesperson for An Lanntair explained why it had chosen to join the campaign.
“We are happy to support a worthy cause and highlight that gender-based violence is sadly still an issue," the spokesperson said.
"The light is a proactive element to support the organisations. But we hope there comes a day when we don’t need to do this.”
More information and a link to support for domestic abuse and gender-based violence can be found at the Safer Outer Hebrides website, by visiting www.westernisleswomensaid.co.uk or www.wircc.co.uk, or by contacting WIVAWP at 01851704750 or 07391212340.