16 Days of Activism against violence against women
The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence is an international campaign to raise awareness about violence against women and take action to eliminate it.
Every year, the 16-day long campaign begins on November 25, the International Day Against Violence Against Women.
Women’s rights activists first recognized this in 1981, as a day against violence, in memory of three sisters who were assassinated for opposing the dictatorship in the Domincan Republic.
The 16 Days, ending on December 10, highlight the link between violence against women and the recognition that women’s rights are human rights.
Since 1991 approximately 1370 organizations in 137 countries have participated in the 16 Days of Activism. Many women’s rights organizations focus on the 16 Days as a time to build awareness within communities and amongst legislators to make an impact on ending violence against women.
At Oxfam, we understand violence against women (VAW) as a violation of women’s rights, a barrier to women’s active citizenship, and hence, a fundamental constraint to poverty alleviation. Oxfam organizes with and offers support to women’s organizations and others celebrating the gains made on VAW, and pushing hard for promises yet to be fulfilled.
Read our 16 Days wrap-up where we ask: What will it take to end violence against women and girls?
We also encourage more men to take a stand in the fight against violence against women. We believe that men have a crucial role to play in ending violence against women. For the last two years we've been working with men's groups in Lebanon, Jordan, the Occupied Palestinian Territories, and the Kurdistan region of Iraq. This video shows our VAW work in the Middle East:
Resources for 16 Days of Activism
Read more about the 16 Days of Activism from these organizations
- Oxfam Canada
- Oxfam GB
- UN Women
- The Center for Women’s Global Leadership
- People Opposing Women Abuse (South Africa)
- Womankind Worldwide: Why support women's rights organizations?
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More resources about ending violence against women
New Oxfam guidelines: Minimum Standards for Gender in Emergencies
More publications on Violence Against Women in Emergencies (Oxfam GB)
Check out our Women and gender equality Pinterest board
Join the discussion on our Gender Justice Blog