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The 16 days of activism against gender-based violence campaign


The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is a global campaign dedicated to ending gender-based violence.16DaysPoster Link


The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign is not a single event in any one location but multiple local, regional, national and international initiatives aimed at demonstrating the solidarity of gender-based violence activists around the world. The Campaign commences on November 25th, International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and concludes on December 10th, Human Rights Day. These dates were chosen to emphasise that gender-based violence is a violation of human rights. This Campaign is successful due to the millions of women and tens of thousands of organisations around the globe who are committed to ending gender-based violence.


Day 1: November 25

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women


Violence against women is a violation of human rights. Violence against women starts and ends with you.


Join us on the WALK to show that you do not accept violence against women and children. Let us come together to remember to the women and the children who have lost their lives, who have experienced violence, and who continue to suffer family violence.


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Day 2: November 26ChildrensBook

Education and Training for Women


Education and training plays a significant role in changing harmful and discriminatory gender stereotypes that promote or condone violence against women.


Teach your son 


Day 3: November 27

Women and Poverty


Domestic and family violence is one of the leading causes of homelessness for women and children, with over half of the women reporting to specialist homelessness services citing domestic or family violence as the reason.




Day 4: November 28FamilyViolenceFacts

Women and Armed Conflict


Gender inequality increases women and girls’ vulnerability during armed conflict. Women and girls are the vast majority of casualties with sexual violence often being used as a military tactic with the aim of damaging individuals and tearing apart families and communities.


Day 5: November 29

International Women Human Rights Defenders Day


Today we thank women human rights defenders for their hard work and courage, and we acknowledge that the world is a better place because of their tireless efforts.




Day 6: November 30

Men and Boys in Action


“We need to say to men and boys: Do not raise your hands in violence—raise your voices to stop it—and to support human rights for all.” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon


Day 7: December 1

World AIDS Day


Ending violence against women is critical to ending HIV and AIDS. Violence, or the fear of violence, can prevent women from negotiating safe sex as well as accessing services, treatment and education.


Day 8: December 2

International Day for the Abolition of Slavery


Gender-based discrimination and inequality are among the root causes of contemporary forms of slavery affecting women and children.


Day 9: December 3

International Day of Persons with Disabilities


Gender-based and disability-based discrimination increases the risk of violence for women and girls with disabilities. Women and girls with disabilities are twice as likely as women and girls without disabilities to experience violence throughout their lives.


Day 10: December 4

Mechanisms for the Advancement of Women


We need to ensure that a diversity of women is represented at all levels of government, as well as holding key managerial positions in workplaces and civil society organisations. “The empowerment of women is about the empowerment of humanity” Elizabeth Broderick


Day 11: December 5

Women and the Media


The media plays a significant role in either perpetuating or challenging social norms and behaviours that condone VAW and girls


Day 12: December 6

The Montreal Massacre


Women are underrepresented in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) fields in both education and employment. Gender stereotypes and expectations contribute to the lack of women in the STEM fields. We say that girls can be women in STEM and we want to see more!


Day 13: December 7

Youth in Action


Young people play a significant role in leading efforts to end violence against women and girls. It is essential that the voices of our young people are heard and we take strong action together in order to move closer to equality and justice.


Day 14: December 8

Women and the Environment


Today we’re celebrating inspirational women who are acting on climate change.


Day 15: December 9

The Girl Child


Girls are among the most vulnerable and most deeply affected by violence and gender inequality. This clip says it better than we ever could.


Day 16: December 10

International Human Rights Day


Violence against women is a violation of human rights and fundamental freedoms. Today we are saying “human rights are women’s rights too.” No more violence. It’s time to act.

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