Since 1991, the Center for Women’s Global Leadership has coordinated the 16 Days of Activism against Gender- Based Violence Campaign from the 25th of November to the 10th of December. Throughout the years, the campaign has become wide-spread, reaching countless corners of the world. The GBV Prevention Network members have participated in this movement since 2004, reaching the regions of Horn, East, and South Africa, as well as beyond. This year’s global campaign will focus on ending violence against women (VAW) in the world of work, continuing to challenge powerful institutions.
2018 Regional Theme
In collaboration with the global campaign, the GBV Prevention Network will focus on raising awareness on how sexual harassment occurs within the community, schools, and workplace.
Within our society, men are typically valued more than women, causing an imbalance of power between genders. The imbalance reinforces the perception that men are higher in intelligence, ability status, and worth. Normalized across centuries, this idea, has established social norms that maintain the power imbalance within all spheres of our lives. Men and women learn these social norms since childhood, and the patterns are often repeated through generations, causing violence against women and girls (VAW/G). VAW/G is a critical human rights transgression, which is prevalent among countless nationalities, race/ ethnicities, cultures, religions, ages and classes. In 1993, the United Nations defined VAW/ G to include all acts of gender-based violence characterized by physical, sexual, psychological, and economic harm to girls and women.1 VAW/ G exists because of the negative social norms that devalue women and define masculinity through the control of girls and women, justifying the use of violence to maintain control.
The 2018 16 Days of Activism Campaign brings awareness about the injustices of VAW/G, by raising critical conversations that are essential in paving the way for social transformation. Revealing the existence of sexual harassment and understanding how it occurs, in both obvious and hidden ways, is fundamental to creating a safer and equal world for women and girls.
The Action and Advocacy Kit
This year’s GBV Prevention Network’s 16 Days of Activism Action and Advocacy Kit contains the following materials:
- Campaign overview
- Full color posters
- Poster discussion guide aimed at facilitating discussions within your community
- “Prevent Violence Against Women” purple ribbons
- Kite flying activity
- Campaign activity guide with suggested creative activities
- Media talking points
- “The space between us” interactive activity
- Language – the campaign kit can be accessed in 4 languages: English, French, Arabic and Swahili.