An international campaign to end violence against women has received overwhelming support in Dundee.
The Reclaim the Night March, an international awareness-raising event promoting women’s safety and hitting out against “victim-blaming” is the only event in a 16-day programme that is not sold out.
Anyone can attend the free Reclaim the Night March, which takes place in the city centre on Thursday December 3 from 6.30pm.
Hundreds of people have already signed up to public events and activities, organised by the city’s Violence Against Women Partnership, which sold out just days after its launch.
Chairman and Chief Inspector David McIntosh will be attending Dundee’s Reclaim the Night March and said: “Women should be able to walk safely through the streets at night.
“It is about collective responsibility.
There are things the police can do, things the licensed trade can do, things individuals can do and work the community can do to look out for each other.”
Running from tomorrow International Day of No Violence Against Women to December 10, which is Human Rights Day, the campaign symbolically emphasises that violence against women is a violation of human rights.
Drew Walker, director of public health for NHS Tayside, said gender-based violence was a major health inequality.
He said: “Gender-based violence encompasses the spectrum of abuse experienced disproportionately by women and perpetrated predominantly by men.
“The range of events during the 16 days campaign express our collective commitment to making tangible, sustainable progress in tackling this issue.”