Highlighting stories of courage during #16Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign
2021 marks the 30th anniversary of the Global 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign. Launched by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) at its first Women’s Global Leadership Institute in 1991, this Campaign has been used worldwide to call for the elimination of gender-based violence. It is run annually from November 25 (International Day Against Violence Against Women) to December 10 (International Human Rights Day).
Each year, KAIROS and partners have used these 16 days of activism as a moment to mobilize networks, highlight the work of partners and advocate with governments for systemic change to end gender-based violence. This year, to commemorate the anniversary, KAIROS will be highlighting 16 Stories of Courage from our Women of Courage partners, from November 25 to December 10.
This year’s Campaign theme – Orange the world: End violence against women now! will also focus on femicide. As well, it will highlight the link between domestic violence and the world of work, drawing on legal standards outlined in international Labour Organization (ILO) Convention 190, that recognize the right of everyone to a world of work, free from violence and harassment, including gender-based violence and harassment.
According to the United Nation’s latest estimates nearly 1 in 3 women, aged 15 years and older, around the world have been subjected to physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner, non-partner or both, at least once in their lifetime. These estimates resonate with what partners are reporting; in fact, partners report that the intersection of conflict and the COVID-19 pandemic is compounding the continuum of violence that affects women and girls, including sexual harassment, harmful practices such as child, early and forced marriage, and sexual exploitation.
16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence is yet another collective opportunity to come together with partners to call out, speak up and renew our commitment to end gender-based violence.
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