West Lothian College is participating in the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence Campaign. The national campaign takes place from 25 November until 10 December and is part of a wider global movement that calls for the elimination of gender-based violence and advocates the human rights of women and girls.

The main theme for this year is #WhatNext and ‘Light Up’, seeking to enhance and inform the next stage of the Equally Safe campaign in Scotland and asking what we need to do collectively to eradicate all forms of violence against women and girls.

The national Violence Against Women network has identified four topics to focus on during the 16 days of campaigning:

  • Children and Young People Experiencing VAWG
  • Domestic Abuse Informed Practice
  • VAWG and Community Safety
  • Commercial Sexual Exploitation


The college’s head of student support, Beth Brownlee said:

“West Lothian College understands that many students have experienced the trauma of gender-based violence in their lives. Taking a strong stance supports our staff and students to have conversations with each other about how this has affected them, to highlight the support that is available and how we can promote change. When we promote the elimination of violence against women and girls, it benefits everyone as we encourage better futures for all.”

Various events will take place at the college throughout the 16 days of action, including an Art Exhibition on 25 November at 12:00pm. Some of the art has been created by our college students and will be displayed in the Compass Point in Building No.4 on the Square and in the outdoor studios in Building No.5.

We will also be promoting White Ribbon Day and a survivor vlog showing at the college on the 25 of November.

Lots more events are planned in collaboration with other college partners across the West Lothian region. Click here to see the full details of all planned events for the 16 Days.