Penzance is supporting an activism campaign calling for an end to all gender-based violence.

Open to all, the 16 Days of Activism initiative, takes place in and around the town from Saturday through to Sunday December 10. 

Organisers have put together a varied programme of events focusing on raising awareness around the issues of gender related violence, promoting healthy behaviours and wellbeing, as well as inspiring action to bring about real change.

Dancers from The Big Dance Company will take to the streets of West Cornwall to perform a Flashmob with a powerful message on Saturday.

The dance will highlight the damaging effects of domestic abuse on children and young people. People can watch out for them in Camborne, Redruth, Truro and St Ives.

Other events include cold water swimming with the Cornish Mumaids.

There will also be drop-in classes at the Old School Studio, Newlyn where people can try yoga, pilates, or relax with a mini-massage; a Q&A screening of ‘Yama’ and a documentary about Ghanian female surfers and skaters, hosted by Sustainable Pz.

There is also an invitation to visit West Cornwall Women’s Aid’s community building for an open afternoon; a Women in Politics discussion at Hypatia Trust; Courageous Conversations Training; Working with Abusive Behaviours lunch and learn; Bystander Training opportunities for publicans, and night time economy businesses, but also for anyone wanting to know how they can respond and intervene safely, if they see someone at risk.

An Out of Sink sisterhood synchronised swim taster in the Jubilee Geothermal pool; plus fundraising coffee mornings, a fun pub quiz, and a Groove Lounge DJ night. 

A focal point of the 16 Days is the Take Back The Night Walk and Vigil, remembering and honouring all the women who have lost their lives at the hands of their partner, or former partner, or someone they know.

Join this year’s walk on Wednesday, November 29, leaving at 5.30pm from Wherrytown Skatepark, along the Promenade to St Mary’s Church, Chapel Street, where a candlelit vigil will be held. 

A spokesperson said: “Looking to raise awareness and call for accountability, everyone is welcome to walk in solidarity together, be up-standers not bystanders, and help bring about an end to gender-based violence, both in our community and the wider world. 

“Proceeds from all events will go to West Cornwall Women’s Aid, and the invaluable work they do in supporting women who have experienced, or are currently experiencing, domestic abuse of any form, or sexual violence. 

“They provide information, a helpline, outreach, counselling, and refuge sanctuary for women and their children, with early intervention, prevention and protection, key. Telelphone 01736 367539 or contact via website

Penzance Council has provided £2950 of grant funding towards 16 Days of Activism.

All dates, times, venues and booking information, are listed on the 16 Days Penzance website