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16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign


Today the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign begins and will last until December 10th.

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is an international campaign originating from the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute coordinated by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership in 1991. Participants chose the dates November 25– International Day Against Violence Against Women- and December 10– International Human Rights Day- in order to symbolically link violence against women and human rights and to emphasize that such violence is a violation of human rights. This 16-day period also highlights other significant dates including November 29, International Women Human Rights Defenders Day, December 1, World AIDS Day, and December 6, which marks the Anniversary of the Montreal Massacre. The 16 Days Campaign has been used as an organizing strategy by individuals and groups around the world to call for the elimination of all forms of violence against women by:

  • raising awareness about gender-based violence as a human rights issue at the local, national, regional and international levels
  • strengthening local work around violence against women
  • establishing a clear link between local and international work to end violence against women
  • providing a forum in which organizers can develop and share new and effective strategies
  • demonstrating the solidarity of women around the world organizing against violence against women
  • creating tools to pressure governments to implement promises made to eliminate violence against women.

Let’s get the conversation going about the mulitude of issues surrounding gender-based violence and militarism, including state violence, especially against women human rights defenders (WHRDs), domestic violence and small arms, sexual violence during and after conflict, as well as intersecting issues of economic and social rights!

Use the #16Days hashtag to share your thoughts, messages and input via social media! Make sure you follow the Campaign on Twitter and Facebook and visit the official Campaign webiste for more information and action toolkit!

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