Why 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence
The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is an international campaign that lasts for 16 days between November 25, the International Day of Eliminating Violence Against Women, and December 10, International Human Rights Day and were chosen to emphasize the links between ending gender-based violence and human rights values, and highlight that gender-based violence is an international human rights violation. The 16-day period furthermore highlights other important dates, including November 29th; International Women Human Rights Defenders Day, December 1st, World AIDS Day, and December 6th, the Anniversary of the Montreal Massacre.
The 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
What is this year 2015 Theme campaigning for?
2015 THEME: “From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Make Education Safe for All!”
The year 2015 marks the 24th year of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign, initiated in 1991 and coordinated by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership. According to Center for Women’s global Leadership, participation in the Campaign has seen over 5,478 organizations, policymakers, governments, UN agencies and countless individuals from over 180 countries worldwide. This has brought attention to issues of racism, sexism, cultures of violence, homophobia and called for the implementation of human rights obligations, including the right to health and reproductive rights, and end to militarism and gender-based violence, among others.
2015, 16 Days Campaign is focusing precisely on the relationship between militarism and the right to education in situations of violent conflict, in relative peace, and variety of education settings, while continuing to make the links with militarism, as a surrounding masculine system of discrimination and inequality based on our relationships to power.
This year new global development framework, The Sustainable Development Goals, comes into force in September and for the first time includes specific targets and indicators on ending violence against women. Now is a crucial time to advocate ensuring that violence against women and girls is high on political and public agendas, prominently placed within the new global development framework, and prioritized in its implementation
As we know Wednesday November 25 marked the beginning of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence (25 Nov – 10 Nov).
To keep us engage with the topic, below are interested, informative links to blogs, key publications.
- Why pleasure and sex matter in ending violence against women by Laurie Adams, where she explains why any effort to end violence and tackle gender inequality must involve addressing social norms, including around pleasure and sex.
- Tackling violence against women: from Iraq to Tajikistan by Nina Gora, where she comments on the challenges women in the Middle East are facing in the wake of crises and political upheavals, and how Oxfam is marking the 16 days
We are working for the acknowledgement of all forms of violence against women and Girls, so that concrete actions are taken for the complete fulfillment of their rights, Women are at the heart of this campaign. Why? click on the Facts findings about Violence against Women
Our voice counts join the #16Days. Zero Violence campaign & act now! To demand leaders the right to protection that women and girls are entitled to.
What is expected of us?
- Help us spread the word using your social media networks Facebook, twitter
- Through our (Facebook, twitter, email etc.) ask our friends and supporters to help us spread the word on Violence against Women and girls, use the hashtag #16Days
Violence against Women and Girls is everyone concern! Join the @ViolenceZero challenge and be part of the community that fights against VAW…. Act now your voice counts
Final test your knowledge about Violence against Women (VAM) and take this short quiz by following the link how much do you know about Ending Violence against Women? You will be surprised by some of the answers.