CLACKS COUNCIL has pledged it’s full support during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence campaign.

The annual campaign was established in 1991 to work towards the ending of all forms of violence against women and girls.

The movement starts on November 25 each year, which is the International Day of No Violence Against Women, and marks 16 days of awareness culminating on December 10, Human Rights Day.

Throughout the 16 days, the council will be promoting a programme of activities, including events, stalls and training to demonstrate their commitment to ending gender based violence.

Awareness work with pupils is also taking place across the Clacks school network during the campaign.

The campaign launch was marked by Lorraine Sanda, strategic director of people at the council and chair of the Clackmannanshire Violence Against Women Strategic partnership, who renewed their commitment to end the violence.

Cllr Ellen Forson, Clacks Council leader, addressed council on November 30, ahead of a video being shown to highlight resources available to staff.

She said: “Gender-based violence is never acceptable, and it is certainly not inevitable.

“Excellent work is already underway in our community and progress is being made, with domestic abuse incidents reported to police in Clackmannanshire down by almost 15 per cent.

“However, much more work needs to be done if we are to achieve the goal of completely eradicating violence against women and girls.

“This year’s 16 Days is not only about our action in our own communities, but about recognising that worldwide, there are organisations and countries committed to this same goal.

“As violent conflicts around the world continue, we know that the impact and trauma for women and girls is disproportionate and devastating.

“We all must commit to a fairer society where women and girls can feel equally safe, at home, at work and in their community.”