Deree – The American College of Greece, in collaboration with the British Embassy in Greece and supported by the Hellenic Ministry of Social Cohesion and the Family, Police Scotland, and Genderhood, recently hosted an event addressing gender-based violence. This initiative aligns with the global “16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence” campaign, an annual effort led by civil society and backed by the United Nations. The campaign runs from November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to December 10, Human Rights Day.
The event, organized to raise awareness and foster dialogue, featured panel discussions on crucial topics surrounding gender-based violence. The first panel focused on the importance of consent and allyship, drawing insights from both the United Kingdom and Greece. Two Deree students actively participated, providing valuable perspectives on this pressing social issue. The second panel delved into women’s rights and social support.
Recognizing the importance of practical support, participants were encouraged to contribute to the work of the Fivi shelter (Ξενώνας Φοίβη), the first guesthouse in Greece, operational since 1965. The shelter has been steadfastly providing hospitality, shelter, security, and food to abused women and their children.
In alignment with the mission of the “16 Days of Activism” campaign, The American College of Greece strives to empower individuals to address gender-based violence on a daily basis. This event exemplifies the College’s dedication to fostering awareness, dialogue, and action against gender-based violence and its commitment to creating a safer and more equitable society.