16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence

November 28, 2007 at 11:28 am (feminism, injustice, sexism) ()

I’m a few days late in posting about this, but “better late than never” holds. The 16 day campaign began November 25th, International Day Against Violence Against Women, and will end on December 10th, International Human Rights Day. The dates were chosen specifically to emphasize that women’s rights are human rights and should be irrevocable.

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

See the Center for Women’s Global Leadership for tips on getting involved and keep your eyes and ears open to community events near you.

Also and relatedly, via Feministing, check out Take Back the Tech, a project that involves the collection and online display of virtual postcards which visually express women’s reaction to gender violence in the vein of Post Secret.

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