The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence runs from November 25 – the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women to December 10 – International Human Rights Day. It is a global campaign to focus efforts towards working to eliminate violence against women in our families, our communities and our world.
This year’s theme is “From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World – Make Education Safe for All”. The theme recognises that girls and young women in most societies still face severe challenge of accessing education. In the pursuit of gaining an education, girls and women are still vulnerable to discriminatory practices, abuse, attacks and harassment.
The campaign spans 16 Days in order to highlight the links between ending gender-based violence and human rights values and that gender based violence is an international human rights violation.
The other significant dates to observe within this annual 16 Days’ period are:
- November 29: International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People
- December 1: World AIDS Day
- December 2: International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
- December 3: International Day of Disabled Persons
- December 6: Anniversary of the Montreal Massacre
This year, a collective wide effort by the Fiji Council of Churches (FCC) has begun to mark the 16 Days of Activism and Break the Silence Sunday on 20th November.
(from House of Sarah, Suva resources)