The 16 days of activism against gender based violence is an international campaign that was started by the Centre for Women Global Leadership (CWGL) in 1991. The 16 Days run from November 25, (International Day on No violence Against Women) December 10 (International Human Rights Day) 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 December 1, which is World AIDS Day, and December 6, which marks the Anniversary of the Montreal Massacre in 1989, when 14 women students were massacred by a lone gun-man opposed to the affirmative action policies promoted by feminism at the University of Montreal.
This campaign wants to raise awareness about gender-based violence as a human rights issue at the local, national, regional and international level.
This year’s theme is “Let’s challenge militarism and end violence against women”.
COMINSUD together with her community based volunteers in 22 Local Governance Centres (LGCs) in the North West Region will focus on ending violence against women and girls through community education using round table discussions, street walks, drama and awareness raising over community radio stations. Orange ribbons, posters and banners will be used join the “ORANGE YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD CAMPAIGN” to fight violence against women.
Since it began, the 16 Days of Activism has been used as an organizing strategy by women’s groups to call for the elimination of violence against women by raising awareness about gender based violence as a human rights issue at local, regional and international levels; strengthening local work around violence against women, demonstrating the solidarity of women around the world organizing against women and creating tools to pressure governments to implement promises made to eliminate violence against women.