16 Days of Activism 2018

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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.
The dates for the campaign were chosen to link violence against women and human rights and emphasize 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.
The 16 Days Campaign is an organizing 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 organizers can develop and share new and effective strategies
  • demonstrate the solidarity of women around the world organizing against gender-based violence against women
  • create tools to pressure governments to implement commitments to eliminate gender-based violence against women

Over 6000+ organizations in approximately 187 countries have participated in the 16 Days Campaign since 1991, with a reach of 300 million.

Follow some of this year’s initiatives:

Worldwide, an estimated one in three women will experience physical or sexual abuse in her lifetime. Yet sexual harassment remains shrouded in a culture of silence. For the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, UNFPA has teamed up with Cheer Up Luv, a photojournalism series that tells women’s stories of sexual harassment in their own words, to amplify the voices of those unheard.
Join us over these 16 days for the stories of women who have endured sexual harassment in Sri Lanka, and who refuse to be silenced. To read this year’s stories, click here.

UN Women
Building on the momentum of global movements and grassroots campaigns such as ‘#MeToo’, “#TimesUp”, “#BalanceTonPorc” “#NiUnaMenos”, #MetooIndia and “HollaBack!”, the UN theme for this year’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence (25 November – 10 December) under the UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign is, Orange the World: #HearMeToo. For more info about this initiative, click here.

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi has called for renewed and bold action to better protect refugees and displaced people from sexual and gender-based violence, or SGBV, in the workplace.
“The world of work can be particularly risky for refugees and other forcibly displaced people. Many are left with no choice but the informal sector, exposing them to unsafe and abusive working conditions, including gender-based violence,” said Grandi, echoing this year’s theme for the 16 Days of Activism, ‘End Gender-Based Violence in the world of work’.
To read the full statement, click here.

Ahead of these days, the European Commission issued a statement reiterating its commitment in eradicating such violence.
“We have to change the perception in our societies that harassing or being violent to a woman is normal and accepted behaviour. We are all responsible to say no, openly reject acts of violence or harassment, and stand by the victims.”
To read the full statement, click here.

The Coalition of Feminists for Social Change (COFEM) is pleased to invite you to a web-based “Knowledge Summit” – a series of online discussions held over 16 Days of Activism and led by COFEM colleagues and allies discussing issues critical to our work. Please join us for one session, or for the whole series, and invite others! To register in advance and get the dial-in link, contact info@cofemsocialchange.org, and connect to us on Twitter @COFEM_EVAW for regular upates.

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