The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence against women is an international campaign originating from the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute. “16 Days,” as it has become known, was launched and continues to be coordinated by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership.
Did you know that globally 15 to 44 year old females are more at risk from domestic abuse than cancer, car accidents and malaria COMBINED!
The dates for the campaign were chosen to link violence against women and human rights and emphasise that gender-based violence against women is a violation of human rights: since 1991, the campaign has been active between November 25, the International Day Against Violence Against Women, and December 10, International Human Rights Day.
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 is an organising strategy for individuals and groups around the world to call for the elimination of all forms of gender-based violence against women and to:
- raise awareness about gender-based violence against women as a human rights issue at the local, national, regional and international levels
- strengthen local work around gender-based violence against women
- establish a clear link between local and international work to end gender-based violence against women
- provide a forum in which organisers can develop and share new and effective strategies
- demonstrate the solidarity of women around the world organising against gender-based violence against women
- create tools to pressure governments to implement commitments to eliminate gender-based violence against women
Over 6000+ organisations in approximately 187 countries have participated in the 16 Days Campaign since 1991, with a reach of 300 million.
16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence starts today. Watch our short clip by Dr. Katy Proctor, Lecturer in Criminology and Policing at Glasgow Caledonian University, to hear the campaign explained and simple action steps that you can take to support the campaign.
Did you know that globally 15 to 44 year old females are more at risk from domestic abuse than cancer, car accidents and malaria COMBINED! We asked Dr Katy Proctor to say a few words on The UNiTE campaign which calls for global actions to increase awareness, galvanise advocacy efforts, and share knowledge and innovationsWatch our video with Dr Katy Proctor