South Ayrshire is to play host to a variety of events to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

The day itself is on Friday, November 25, but marks the start of a 16 Days of Action campaign to end violence against women.

This initiative takes place each year across countries worldwide in a bid to tackle violence against women and change attitudes and behaviour at all levels, ending on Human Rights Day on December 10.

The council's Thriving Communities team have organised a variety of events in support of the campaign over the duration of the 16 days across South Ayrshire.

These include violence prevention workshops, community cinema events, creative writing group sessions, and the popular Reclaim the Night walk, which will take place in Ayr on Tuesday, December 6.

Residents can also join the White Ribbon Scotland campaign where they can pledge not to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women.

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Councillor Laura Brennan-Whitefield, chair of the South Ayrshire Violence Against Women Partnership, said: “The pandemic unfortunately led to an increase in domestic abuse which cannot be tolerated.

"As a society, we must continue to show our commitment to helping those who may be vulnerable or are experiencing abuse in any form.

“It’s important that women and girls know where to find support and advice at any time and are not afraid to seek help.

"I’m therefore pleased that this year we are once again able to offer a range of events which will promote the organisations available and provide essential information.”

Councillor Lee Lyons, South Ayrshire Council’s portfolio holder for health and social care, said: “The 16 Days of Action initiative is an important annual event which enables us to raise awareness and provide much needed support to those in need.

"Although the campaign takes place once a year, it’s vital that we continue to work towards tackling violence against women 365 days of the year.

“By working with our partners, we can also help to change the attitudes which often lead to harmful behaviour towards women and girls.”

You can find out more about the 16 Days of Action, including the full list of events, here.