16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence – Nov. 25-Dec. 10

Today marks the first day of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. The campaign will run through December 10.

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From the official website:

The international campaign originated from the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute, coordinated by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership in 1991. Participants chose November 25 (the 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 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 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
Since 1991, over 5,167 organizations in approximately 187 countries have participated in the 16 Days Campaign. This year, The University of Chicago Section of Family Planning and Ci3 (the Center for Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Innovation in Sexual and Reproduction Health) will join as participants. We will be posting original content and relevant links for each of the 16 days, ranging from personal experiences to film reviews to research.
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