Reflecting on #16DaysofActivism2019

02 January 2020
3 min read
Volume 28 · Issue 1


Following the 16-day campaign ‘Orange the world: generation equality stands against rape’, Dr Sally Pezaro discusses its relevance to midwives who experience domestic abuse

During November and December 2019, I was delighted to see so much activity around the international ‘16 Days of Activism’ campaign to end violence against women and girls. This years' theme was ‘Orange the world: generation equality stands against rape’, and so the colour orange flooded my social media feeds in solidarity for the cause. Further in support, the United Nation's ‘End violence against women’ (UNiTE) campaign called for global action to increase awareness, galvanise advocacy efforts and share innovative knowledge.

Consequently, I felt compelled to use this platform to do just that with regards to midwives, who along with nurses and healthcare assistants, are known to be three times more likely to experience domestic abuse than the average person in the UK, with 1 in 7 being affected (Cavell Nurses' Trust, 2016). I was further encouraged by the International Confederation of Midwives, who obligingly produced a bespoke campaign to end violence against midwives specifically.

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