16 Days of Activism Against
Gender-Based Violence Campaign
16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign – an international campaign originating from the first Women's Global Leadership Institute coordinated by the Center for Women's Global Leadership in 1991. Participants chose the dates of 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.
Upcoming YCW Workshops
Always at the forefront of
Crime Prevention, Education and Safety (Online/Offline)
Gender-Based Violence Prevention
Preventing GBV, to stop it from happening in the first place, is a key priority. Given that GBV is based on gender norms and gender-based power inequalities, GBV prevention strategies are intrinsically linked to efforts to increase gender equality more generally. Hence, rather than disconnecting and treating GBV as a separate and isolated problem, it has to be situated in the context of gender inequalities.
A shift in focus from seeing women (and other groups exposed to genderbased violence) as victims to seeing them as survivors, actors and agents of change with a strong focus on women and girls’ empowerment and agency
Efforts to increase women’s political participation and influence in contexts of peace, conflicts and other humanitarian crisis. Women have rights to participate on equal terms with men in political bodies at all levels of the society, including in peace processes. In many countries women’s political representation is very low, and women are often excluded from formal peace negotiations. This has evastating consequences for the possibility to reach a sustainable development, peace and human security
Efforts to increase women’s economic empowerment that enhance women’s bargaining power and ability to leave abusive relationships. This includes strengthening women’s entrepreneurship and employment opportunities, improving women’s access to land and property rights, promoting equal sharing of unpaid care work between women and men and encouraging universal access to quality education. While such efforts can contribute to increased violence against women in the short term due to gender ideals linking masculinity to the provider role, increasing women’s economic empowerment is still crucial for longer term prevention of GBV. Women’s economic empowerment interventions which also address gender norms and reach couples and communities can reduce such risks.Efforts to increase sexual and reproductive health and rights are crucial for preventing GBV given the close relationship between the two. Such efforts include promotion and protection of women’s right to have control and decide freely over matters related to their sexuality, including sexual and reproductive health, family-planning possibilities and HIV/Aids prevention.Incorporate men and boys as perpetrators, as victims/survivors and as agents of change. Men and boys are often neglected as survivors of GBV. Hence, there is a need to recognise and address men’s and boys’ particular vulnerabilities and needs in relation to GBV.