16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM
What is the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign?
The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence is an international campaign originating from the first Women's Global Leadership Institute sponsored by the Center for Women's Global Leadership in 1991. Participants chose the dates, November 25, International Day Against Violence Against Women and December 10, International Human Rights Day, in order to symbolically link violence against women and human rights and to emphasize that such violence is a violation of human rights. This 16-day period also highlights other significant dates including November 29, International Women Human Rights Defenders Day, December 1, World AIDS Day, and December 6, which marks the Anniversary of the Montreal Massacre.
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
2009 theme is: COMMIT ▪ ACT ▪ DEMAND: WE CAN END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN!
Commit: We are All Responsible.
Act: We Can All Make a Difference
Demand: We Are All Accountable
The Significance of November 25th and December 10th
International Day For the Elimination of Violence Against Women, November 25th
For more information see Julia Alvarez’s fictional account of the Mirabal sisters in her 1994 novel, “In the Time of the Butterflies;” Bernard Diederich’s book “Trujillo: The Death of the Dictator;” and “The Mirabal Sisters,” in Connexions, an International Women’s Quarterly, No. 39, 1992.
International Human Rights Day, December 10th
To obtain a copy of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and to see a description of activities the United Nations has planned for Human Rights Day, please visit the UN website at: http://www.ohchr.org/
Key Dates that Commemorate Feminist Activism
International Women Human Rights Defenders Day, November 29th
For more information, see http://www.defendingwomen-defendingrights.org.
The Montreal Massacre, December 6th
For more information, visit the Men for Change website at http://www.chebucto.ns.ca/CommunitySupport/Men4Change
International Days Designated by the UN General Assembly That Fall Within The 16 Days
International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, November 29th
For more information, visit: http://www.un.org/depts/dhl/palestinian/index.html
World AIDS Day, December 1st
For more information about World AIDS Day, visit http://www.unaids.org
International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, December 2nd
For more information, please visit the UN website: http://www.un.org/depts/dhl/slavery/
International Day of Disabled Persons, December 3rd
For information about International Day for Disabled Persons, visit at: http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/enable/disiddp.htm
International Volunteer Day for Social and Economic Development, December 5th
For more information v UN Volunteers Wesbite: http://dynamic.unv.org/infobase/facts/04_08_17DEU_fs_IVD.htm
International Civil Aviation Day, December 7th
For more information, visit: http://www.icao.int/icao/en/aviation_day.htm
International Anti-Corruption Day, December 9th
Please see United Nations Convention against Corruption.