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Welcome to 16 Days of Activism 2023

We are supporting the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence 2023 on campus.
 This year’s theme is #ChangeTheStory and we will be encouraging students and staff to make consistent choices and actions to help remove the fear of violence. 
The campaign is running from 24th November until the 10th December.

Standing Together is a university-wide programme improving wellbeing through tackling unacceptable behaviours and supporting students, and the wider University community, who are directly and indirectly affected. Standing Together have a clear mission of not only providing 1:1 support for students, but to also champion preventative campaigns and strategies. 

This is why, we are supporting the campaign and will be providing information below of how you can get involved.
Our focus is to help; empower, educate and offer support to students at the University of Leicester. 

See below information on: events on campus, links and resources,

Friday 24th November - Join the Launch of the Campaign on campus! 
  • Standing Together will be in the Student Union holding a stall 10-2pm and in the Business School - Hub 11-2pm, to support the launch of the campaign. 
    Come meet the team and find out more information about this campaign. 
    We are asking staff and students to wear a white ribbon as a symbol of your support for this campaign and to make the 'promise to never use, excuse or remain silent about men's violence against women'.
    Being allies shouldn't be underestimated - even the smallest actions can affect big change
  • White Ribbons will be available to pick up from;
    Danielle Brown Sports Centre - Reception from 9am Friday 24th November
    Roger Bettles Sports Centre - Reception from 9am Friday 24th November
    School of Business at Brookfield - Hub (Café) from 11am Friday 24th November
    Freemen's Reception - from 9am Friday 24th November
    Wellbeing Hub - Reception from 9am Friday 24th November

Tuesday 5th December - Join the Community Workshop via Microsoft Teams!
  • Standing Together have arranged a community workshop with external professionals/services to support the campaign. We have the Violence Reduction Network, Victim First and Zinthiya Trust who will be delivering 30minutes-1 hour workshops on; domestic violence, sexual violence, honour based violence, healthy relationships and there will be elements of interaction and feedback!
    This is an opportunity for both students and staff at the university to become more informed and an opportunity to challenge myths and become aware of the amazing support available for victims/survivors.  This helps strengthen the White Ribbon Promise and the allyship to #ChangeTheStory and help remove the fear of violence.
    Lets empower and educate together!
If you are interested in attending these workshops -  Sign up here! and you will be contacted by the Standing Together Team prior to the workshops.

Wednesday 6th December - Join our Self-Care Event in the Wellbeing Hub! 
(Student Support Services Centre - 2nd Floor Percy Gee)
  • As part of the 16 days Of Activism Campaign, there will be a Self Care Event taking place on the 6th of December. Bonita Keay will be running a wellbeing craft workshop for you to create some amazing designs to take home. From 10am - 12pm, she will be hosting Pot Painting, and from 12-2pm there will be Jewellery Crafting. This will be a great opportunity to take some time out for self love, self care and wellbeing
  • Students will need to book a place for their chosen workshop. you can do this by emailing advice@le.ac.uk with your chosen workshop. Places are limited.
  • We want to help create a safe space, where students can access advice and support from the Standing Together Team. We also encourage staff to attend if you would like advice on gendered based violence to help support your role i.e., to help manage disclosures, be aware of unacceptable behaviour and the support available from the University.

Links and Resources
  • We can appreciate that this is a sensitive issue and are mindful to ensure you are well informed and are aware of the support available. 
  • If you feel impacted by the events or information displayed on campus or online during this campaign, you can seek support from the Standing Together Team. 
  • If you would like to make a disclosure or access Standing Together support -use Report & support to make a disclosure or email standingtogether@leicester.ac.uk 
  • For more information about the campaign - visit White Ribbon 
  • More information on domestic violence can be accessed on our domestic abuse support page
  • More information on sexual violence and harassment can be accessed on our sexual violence page
  • Further support information can be accessed within the support tab. In addition to support available in the community.

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