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16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence Campaign


In 1991, twenty-three activists met at the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute organized by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership. At this meeting, the activists launched what we all know today as the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence Campaign ( This campaign was designed to “build awareness about gender-based violence and facilitate networking among women leaders” and “to symbolically link November 25th (International Day Against Violence Against Women) and December 10th (International Human Rights Day)”. Twenty years since this idea was first born, more than 2,800 organizations in 156 countries have organized around this global campaign.

We wanted to see what experiences the Visionary Voices Network had to share about collaborating in global campaigns. Here are some questions, please feel free to answer a few of them or ask your own!

• How did you first come to know about the 16 Days Campaign?

• Have you or your organization participated in this campaign? Tell us about it: Did you use information and communication technology? Did you collaborate with other groups in your community or other countries? What were your successes and challenges?

• What have been your favourite initiatives around the 16 Days Campaign that have been organized by other groups?

• This year’s theme slogan is: From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Let's Challenge Militarism and End Violence Against Women! Do you or your organization have any plans to participate this year?


jadefrank's picture

World Pulse & 16 Days

Hello VVN members!

This is an exciting topic for me and I'd like to share my experience with 16 Days in the past and potential World Pulse plans for this year to get your advice.

The 16 Days campaign to me is an incredible initiative to rally women leaders, activists, grassroots groups, and organizations world wide to bring awareness, training, and emphasis to the urgent issue of violence against women.

The past two years World Pulse has participated in 16 Days to rally our global online community around ending gender-based violence, an issue that has risen as a priority for women change leaders, no matter what country, religion, ethnicity, or gender you identify yourself with.

Last year we partnered with Women Thrive Worldwide, inviting women around the world to write letters to US President Obama in support of passing the International Violence Against Women Act. We collected over 50 letters and presented them to Obama, along with US Secretary Clinton and key members of US Congress. Unfortunately the bill died as the annual session came to a close, however these letters and testimonies are being leveraged as work continues this year to get the bill passed and support funding to programs worldwide that work to end gender-based violence. You can read the letters at the link below. Click the "testimonials" tab at the bottom of the page:

This year we are planning to partner with the Association for Progressive Communication (APC) in their Tack Back the Tech campaign.

We are currently brainstorming a single unified action that our community can take during the 16 Days campaign, to take control of technology and end violence against women. We would love your ideas for the action!

I also wanted to share the link to the 16 Days Campaign Toolkit, which is an excellent resource for learning more about the campaign and how to develop your own action.

Check it out:

What are your ideas for this year, and what initiatives have you organized or taken part in past years that worked well?

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