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Renfrewshire’s first ever procession on violence against women

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]For the first time Renfrewshire residents will take part in a special procession to echo the international call to end to violence against women.

The Reclaim the Night procession, which takes place on Tuesday 25 November, will launch Renfrewshire’s 16 Days of Action, a local version of the UN’s international campaign.

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Supported by Renfrewshire Council and local and national voluntary and community groups, the procession will start at West College Scotland at 6pm and progress through the streets of Paisley. The event will finish at Paisley Town Hall, where attendees will be invited in for an evening of entertainment.

In 2013, 2276 residents in Renfrewshire were victims of domestic violence, a 44% increase from ten years ago when 695 residents reported an incident of domestic violence.

Councillor Iain McMillan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Social Work, Health and Wellbeing Policy Board, said: “It’s unacceptable that so many women in Renfrewshire should be subject to violence during their lives. Renfrewshire should be a safe place for women to live, work or visit.

“The aim of the Reclaim the Night march is to raise awareness of these issues and show our commitment to ending violence against women.”

Reclaim the Night is a free event and there is no need to register.

Parking is available at West College Scotland or at Renfrewshire Council’s HQ after 4.30pm.

For more information, please visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/16DaysofAction

You can also visit the Renfrewshire Womens Association on Facebook.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Film actress joins Renfrewshire women to speak out on trafficking

Film actress joins Renfrewshire women to speak out on trafficking

Renfrewshire women were joined this week by film actress Kate Dickie in taking a stand against the trafficking of women and children at home and abroad.

Kate was one of the guest speakers at Renfrewshire Women’s Association annual Outrage conference exploring issues of gender violence, which took place at Paisley Town Hall on Tuesday 29 November.

The title of this year’s conference was ‘Nobody’s Free until Everyone’s Free’ with participants sharing their own experiences and discussing the trafficking of women and children.

One of the highlights was an exhibition of human sculpture and worry dolls which explored the individual identities of trafficked women and the struggle for survival many women and children face. Eight local community groups produced some very provocative and thoughtful artwork.

The conference ended on a poignant note as white ribbons carrying messages of support were tied to a wreath laid in Dunn Square, Paisley, at a plaque dedicated last year to all the victims of domestic abuse in Renfrewshire.

Kate Dickie is patron of the Renfrewshire Women’s Association.

Kate said: “It was an amazing day and I want to say just how fantastic I think the women of the association are. I am so honoured to be their patron.”

“They inspire me on so many levels and I thought that they tackled the issue of human trafficking in such an honest and thought-provoking way. I was bowled over by the openness and trust that the women put into it by sharing their private experiences.”

“This is an issue that is so often ignored and I think the people of Paisley will have gained a valuable and necessary insight into the plight of human trafficking.”

Anyone interested in finding out more about Renfrewshire Women’s Association should call 0141 887 7227 .

http://www.renfrewshirewomensassociation.co.uk/

http://www.renfrewshire.gov.uk