Saturday, November 25, 2006

16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence

What is the 16 Days campaign?
The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence is an international campaign originating from the first Women's Global Leadership Institute sponsored 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 December 1, which is World AIDS Day, and December 6, which marks the Anniversary of the Montreal Massacre.{links added}
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
The UNIFEM/UNHCR poster is available here for print-out.

Remember! November 25 is also the kick off for "Take Back the Tech"--reclaiming technology to fight VAW. The gang has kicked off the 16 days with a "postcard" and "ka-BLOG" campaign. Drop by and check it out!

Our own dear SWC has promised to provide a "Virtual Organizers Toolkit" for Dec 6 commemorations, but it is not yet available. Watch this space.

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Blogger ANNA-LYS said...

I will link to you on this topic!!!
Hope its alright with you?

11/25/2006 4:13 AM  
Blogger Godammitkitty said...

Hello Anna-lys,

You're most welcome to link to this page. Thank you for discussing this topic on your blog, too!

11/25/2006 10:04 AM  

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