By Emma Shacklock published
Duchess Camilla has been dubbed a “beacon in the dark” by fans as they praised her for speaking out to highlight an important issue affecting women across the world.
- The Duchess of Cornwall took to social media on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women to make a major announcement.
- Duchess Camilla launched #16days of activism to help combat violence against women and girls and fans were quick to support her.
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Duchess Camilla has received praise from supportive fans after launching a major new initiative as she marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25th. Taking to Instagram, the Duchess of Cornwall, who lives at Clarence House in London with Prince Charles, unveiled her #16days of activism campaign. This will help to combat violence against women and girls by inviting eight remarkable women to share their deeply personal answers to eight questions about sexual and physical assault.
Duchess Camilla revealed that fans will be able to watch these eight women’s answers in video form over on the Clarence House social media pages. Already, the first of these insightful videos featuring Professor Joanna Bourke from Woman of the World’s Shameless! Festival, has been posted.
As the President of the WoW Foundation, Duchess Camilla’s powerful words and new activism initiative have really struck a chord with royal fans. Many were quick to express their support for how prominently the Queen’s daughter-in-law is highlighting this vital issue.
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One person heartfeltly described Duchess Camilla as a “beacon in the dark” as they reflected on how much her work means to those who “can’t speak up for” themselves.
They declared, “Thank you so much YHR for speaking out today. There has not been much in the media or much, in terms of marches, much to my dismay. Your work speaking out against GBV and domestic abuse against women is a beacon in the dark. I hope you know those of us who can’t speak up for ourselves value and appreciate the work you do. Thank you”.
Another person agreed, thanking the Duchess of Cornwall for highlighting how there can be a “light at the end of the tunnel”.
What is one thing we can do this week to help create a world free from violence against women?@bourke_joanna from @WoWisGlobal’s ‘Shameless! Festival’ answers The Duchess’s #16Days question. pic.twitter.com/yE9opE0NrvNovember 25, 2021
“What a wonderful cause. Thank you Camilla for speaking out and highlighting this terrible issue. There can be light at the end of the tunnel if you can get away, sending love to anyone going through the horror of abuse”, they shared.
A third person similarly praised Duchess Camilla, writing, “We need to start with children. Teaching them violence is not an answer. Thank you to HRH The Duchess of Cornwall for highlighting this issue”.
“Thank you for focusing on this issue.... It has been happening in every country for decades but yet still much to be done”, someone else commented.
Whilst a fellow royal fan echoed this sentiment, writing, “Camilla is inspiring with her fight against violence towards women”.
“Thank you for highlighting and supporting such a good cause”, a sixth person stated, praising all of Duchess Camilla's efforts to help combat an issue that affects so many.
Duchess Camilla's powerful new #16days initiative comes just weeks after she launched Women of the World’s Shameless Festival 2021. This similarly encourages activism against sexual violence and Duchess Camilla spoke out to condemn the way society has come to believe “violence against women is normal”.
"[I]t takes an entire community - male and female - to dismantle the lies, words and actions that foster a culture in which sexual assault is seen as normal, and in which it shames the victim,” she powerfully declared.
Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with five years experience working in digital publishing, ranging from book publishing to magazines. She currently looks after all things Lifestyle for Woman&Home, GoodToKnow and My Imperfect Life.
Before she joined Future Publishing, Emma graduated from the University of Warwick with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Comparative Literary Studies. After leaving education, she started out her publishing career in the world of books, working as a Publisher for an independent digital publisher specializing in back-list and debut commercial fiction novels. With a huge book list and a passion for bringing the best stories to the broadest audience possible, Emma filled her spare time with reading the latest best-sellers and catching up on hit adaptations.
In 2017 she joined TI Media as a fiction writing coordinator on Woman’s Weekly and Woman’s Weekly Fiction as part of the features team. From here, she used her love of books, working to bring short stories to our dedicated readers and began writing for the books pages of Woman, Woman’s Own and Woman&Home, as well as online features ranging from genre round-ups to travel pieces for womanandhome.com.
After honing her skills, Emma branched out online in 2020 when Future gave her the opportunity to focus on digital-first. When she’s not writing about the next big lifestyle trend, she enjoys cooking, long walks and watching as many crime dramas as she can!
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