25 Nov 2008

16 Days Of Activism

November 25th is the International White Ribbon Day speaking out against violence against women and it is the beginning of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence.

Forms of gender-based violence include, but are not limited to, domestic violence, sexual abuse, rape, sexual, harassment, trafficking in women, forced prostitution, and harmful traditional practices. In addition, women’s multiple and intersecting identities based on factors such as class, race, ethnicity, religion, descent, sexuality and citizenship status can serve to increase their subordination and vulnerability to violence. It is estimated that one in three women throughout the world will suffer some form of gender-based violence in her lifetime.

The Key dates for the 16 days of Activism are:
25 Nov: International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (White Ribbon Day)
29 Nov: International Women Human Rights Defenders Day
1 Dec: World AIDS Day
3 Dec: International Day of Disabled Persons
6 Dec: Anniversary of the Montreal Massacre
10 Dec: Human Rights Day & 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The 16 Days Campaign is commemorated by individuals and groups around the world who use a human rights framework to call for the elimination of all forms of violence against women by supporting women human rights defenders, working towards ending violence against women, strengthening gender equality structures and expanding financing for gender equality.

Useful Links:
Amnesty International
Center for Women’s Global Leadership
End Violence Against Women
FEMNET – the African Women’s Dev & Comm Network
Toolkit to End Violence Against Women
White Ribbon Day Links: Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Europe, Finland, Italy, and U.K.
Women Against Violence Europe (WAVE):

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence is coordinated by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership.

“Violence against women is perhaps the most shameful
human rights
violation. And it is perhaps the most
pervasive. It knows no boundaries
of geography,
culture or wealth. As long as it continues, we cannot
to be making real progress towards equality,
development, and peace.”

Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of the United Nations
"A World Free of Violence Against Women”

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Princess Haiku said...

This is a great post. The recent election cycle in the US shows that women have a long way to go.

Shinade said...

Jackie you are always so good about all of these wonderful projects. I truly admire you!!

Mariuca said...

Hola Jackie! You’re invited to join us on a BEAR-y special meme, have fun! :)


Sandra Evertson said...

Great post! Sending you Season's Greetings!
Sandra Evertson

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