IWTC Women's GlobalNet #280

Activities and Initiatives of Women Worldwide 

August 10, 2005

16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM, 25 NOVEMBER TO 10 DECEMBER 2005:

FOR THE HEALTH OF THE WOMEN, FOR THE HEALTH OF THE WORLD: NO MORE VIOLENCE

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence campaign, now in its fifteenth year, 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 at that first institute chose the beginning and ending 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 sixteen-day period also highlights other significant dates including December 1, World AIDS Day, and December 6, the Anniversary of the Montreal Massacre -when an enraged gunman killed 14 female engineering students at Montreal's École Polytechnique, screaming, "I hate feminists".

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, establishing a clear link between local and international anti-violence work, providing a forum in which organizers can develop and share strategies, demonstrating the solidarity of women around the world organizing against gender-based violence, and creating tools to pressure governments to implement promises made to eliminate violence against women. Since 1991, the 16 Days Campaign has included the participation of over 2,000 organizations in approximately 130 countries.

To join the 16 Days listserve, and/or to receive a 2005 Take Action Kit (available in September) which includes 16 Days campaign information, e.g. history and mission, a list of participating organizations, resources, suggested actions, and other supplementary materials, please contact: Sara Nordstrom, Coordinator, 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, Center for Women's Global Leadership (CWGL), 160 Ryders Lane, New Brunswick, NJ 08901. USA. Tel: +1-732-932-8782. Fax: +1-732-932-1180. Web: http://www.cwgl.rutgers.edu/. Email: <cwgl@igc.org>

 

Please send information on your activities for 16 Days to CWGL for inclusion in the 2005 International Calendar of Activities.

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