16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence
Begins on 25th November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Woman) and ends on 10th December (Human Rights Day).
Throughout the world women and girls are subject to many different forms of violence including physical, sexual, emotional and financial abuse. Violence affects women and girls from all backgrounds and happens across all stages of life; and is perpetrated by partners and family members as well as strangers.
- One in three women globally will experience domestic abuse at some point in their lifetime (World Health Organisation).
- In 2012, one in two woman killed in a homicide was killed by a partner, former partner, or family member. One in 20 men was killed by a partner, former partner, or family member in this same year (UN Women).
- 4.5 million people worldwide are victims of forced sexual exploitation. 98% of these are women (UN Women).
Each year, 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence unites individuals and organisations to raise awareness of, and call for an end to, all forms of violence against women and girls. Mothers' Union believes in particular that prevention needs to focus on teaching children and adults about loving and respectful relationships; that there are laws against all forms of violence and abuse and the means to enforce them; that those experiencing violence are supported, and that perpetrators are brought to justice and rehabilitated.
Anyone can take part in 16 Days, whether through raising awareness on social media, running an event or contacting political representatives. To help you with ideas, Mothers' Union has produced an Activism Pack and a Powerpoint presentation (notes included in the notes section).
Follow our campaign on Twitter at @MothersUnion #EndGBV and the wider campaign using #16Days