16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign



Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread violations of human rights. One in four women has experienced some form of violence in their lifetime. To raise awareness and trigger action to end this global phenomenon, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25 November), and the ensuing 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence are commemorated every year around the world.

The 2012 16 Days Campaign will continue with the global theme: From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Let’s Challenge Militarism and End Violence Against Women! It marks the third year of advocacy to challenge militarism and explore the deep socioeconomic structures that perpetuate gender-based violence.

The sub-themes of the Campaign are:
• Sexual and gender-based violence committed by state agents, particularly the police or military
• Proliferation of small arms and their role in domestic violence
• Sexual violence in and after conflict

The campaign and related initiatives are actively supported by the United Nations Country Team in Sudan. This website will be regularly updated with latest news and information about ongoing and planned activities.

More background information on the initiative can be found here.
Themes for the 16 Days Campaign in Sudan:
Sudan is one of the countries that have joined the Great Lakes campaign “Zero Tolerance Against Violence Towards Women Now”. The launch of the two year campaign in Sudan will take place at the Presidential Palace on the 25 November 2012.

Several states have announced subthemes for this year’s campaign:
West Darfur: Protection of Women and Children from Violence and their Access to Services in our Shared Responsibility
South Darfur: Strengthening Access to Services for the Social Empowerment of Women and Girls in South Darfur
North Darfur: Together for Protection of Women against Violence
Central Darfur: No to Violence Against Women from Now Forward
South Kordofan: Protection and Safety for All and Women First

The overview of ongoing and planned activities in Sudan can be found here.

Background Material:

- HIV & GBV factsheet

Get Involved:

- Wear a white ribbon to show your support to end violence against women and girls.
- Initiate and/or participate in a 16 Days activity. Some activity ideas and guidance can be found here.
- Convene, facilitate discussions and talk to others about women’s empowerment and ending violence.
- Listen to and support survivors to get help.

Take Action Kit
The Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) at Rutgers University has prepared the 2012 16 Days Take Action Kit:

  • Cover Letter
 • Trifold Brochure on the Campaign
 • Theme Announcement

 • Information Sheets
    - Violence Perpetrated by State Actors
    - Domestic Violence and the Role of Small Arms
    - Sexual Violence During and After Conflict

 • Gender-Based Violence Fact Sheet
 • Talking Points
 • Challenge Militarism: Invest in Peace – WILPF
 • Suggested Press Release Template
 • Sample Social Media Posts
 • Suggested Grant Proposal Guide
 • CWGL Flyer
 • Security Project
 • CSW57 Advocacy Sheet

25 November 2012: International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
By resolution 54/134 of 17 December 1999, the United Nations General Assembly designated 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and invited governments, international organizations and NGOs to organize activities designed to raise public awareness of the problem on that day.

The day is also known as White Ribbon Day – a campaign initiated and run by men to bring public attention to this issue, and make pledges to fight violence against women.

Download the flyer in English or Arabic
10 December 2012: International Human Rights Day
Human Rights Day presents an opportunity, every year, to celebrate human rights, highlight a specific issue, and advocate for the full enjoyment of all human rights by everyone everywhere. This year, the spotlight is on the rights of all people - women, youth, minorities, persons with disabilities, indigenous people, the poor and marginalized - to make their voices heard in public life and be included in political decision-making.

These human rights - the rights to freedom of opinion and expression, to peaceful assembly and association, and to take part in government (articles 19, 20 and 21 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights) have been at the centre of the historic changes in the Arab world over the past two years, in which millions have taken to the streets to demand change. In other parts of the world, the "99%" made their voices heard through the global Occupy movement protesting economic, political and social inequality.

Please see below the messages by the UN Secretary General, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the UN Women Executive Director, and the UNFPA Executive Director on the occasion of the International Human Rights Day.
Press Releases and Statements
Messages on the International Human Rights Day, 10 December 2012
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Everyone has the right to be heard and to shape the decisions that affect their community. This right is enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and fully integrated in international law, especially in article 25 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Over the past century, we have made undeniable progress along the path of inclusion. Read the full statement in English and Arabic
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay
Millions of people have gone on to the streets over the past few years, in countries all across the world, emboldened by what is happening elsewhere, some demanding civil and political rights, others demanding economic, social and cultural rights. This groundswell is not simply a question of people demanding freedom of expression and freedom to say what they think and make clear what they want. They are asking for much more than that. They are asking for an end to a situation where governments simply decide what is best for their populations without even consulting them. They are asking for their right to participate fully in the important decisions and policies affecting their daily lives, at the international, national and the local levels. Read the full statement in English and Arabic
UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet
Today, on this Human Rights Day, we celebrate the right of all people to make their voices heard and participate fully in public life. Yet the voices of too many women and girls continue to be stifled through discrimination, threats and violence. This is holding back progress for women and for all members of society. Today, on this Human Rights Day, we celebrate the right of all people to make their voices heard and participate fully in public life. Yet the voices of too many women and girls continue to be stifled through discrimination, threats and violence. This is holding back progress for women and for all members of society. Read more "
UNFPA Executive Director, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin
On this Human Rights Day, we come together to celebrate the right to participate in public life in an inclusive way. While this right is clearly recognized in the international human rights framework, the 1986 United Nations Declaration on the Right to Development puts all human beings at the centre of development and emphasizes that participation will only lead to people's empowerment as long as it is free, active and meaningful. This implies that having a voice is important, but insufficient unless it can be expressed freely and based on relevant, accurate and accessible public information. Read more "
 
Messages on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November 2012
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Message for 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence
Marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on Governments to live up to their obligations to end the global problem of violence against women and girls, one of the most widespread human rights violations. “On this International Day, I call on all governments to make good on their pledges to end all forms of violence against women and girls in all parts of the world”, said the UN chief, in a message for the Day. “I urge all people to support this important goal”, he continued Read more »
 

Press Release by the Office of the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Sudan: 16 Days Campaign challenges violence against women.
On 25 November 2012 – the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women – the annual 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign was launched. Every day, women and girls face violence in the home, in communities, in conflicts, in aftermaths of natural disasters. It is estimated that up to 70 per cent of women experience some form of violence in their life. No human development goal can be achieved as long as women and girls continue to suffer from violence or live in fear of it. Read more »
 

UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet’s Message on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
I am often asked whether ending violence against women is possible given the pervasiveness and persistence of these crimes. My answer is yes. It is possible. But we can only do it together. We are all responsible and it is time for leaders to fulfill the promises made to women. Today on the International Day to End Violence against Women, I call on all leaders: Take a stand to end violence against women and girls. Read more »
 

Message of UNFPA Executive Director, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
This year, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women with a focus on the impact of ongoing conflicts and natural disasters on violence against women. Every day, women and girls face violence in the home, in communities, in conflicts, in aftermaths of natural disasters. It is estimated that up to 70 per cent of women – which is 7 out of every 10 women – experience some form of violence in their life. No human development goal can be achieved as long as women and girls continue to suffer from violence or live in fear of it. Read more »
 

Statement by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
“Ensuring women’s and girls’ rights, eliminating discrimination and achieving gender equality lie at the heart of the international human rights system, starting with article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which states unequivocally: ‘All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights…’ On 9 October, 64 years after those famous words were written, 14-year-old Malala Yousufzai was shot in the head and the neck on her way back from school in the town of Mingora in Pakistan. Read more »
 
News, Events, and Stories
One Man Can Campaign
The One Man Can Campaign supports men and boys to take action to end domestic and sexual violence and to promote healthy, equitable relationships that men and women can enjoy - passionately, respectfully and fully. The One Man Can Campaign encourages men to work together with other men and with women to take action - to build a movement, to demand justice, to claim our rights and to change the world.

The One Man Can Campaign was developed by SONKE Gender Justice in South Africa, and with the support of the UNDP Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Project was adapted for the Sudan context in 2010. Read more »
 
VP Adam: Sudan Committed to Eliminate Violence Against Women (25 November 2012)
Khartoum 25 November 2012. Vice President, Dr. Al-Haj Adam, has affirmed state’s commitment to protect women, combat violence against them and remove all legal impediments preventing the establishment of women police and courts. Read more »
 
Central Darfur launches the 16 days of activism campaign in Zalingei town
UNFPA in Central Darfur State in collaboration with Government and UN agencies working in the area celebrated the launching of 16 days of activism on Sunday 25 November, under the theme of “ NO TO Violence Against Women From Now Forward”. Read more »
 
West Darfur launches the 16 days of activism campaign in Geneina
The Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) approved its first ever draft resolution aimed at ending the practice of female genital mutilation, concluding a determined effort by African States and praised as historic by delegations. Introducing the text entitled “Intensifying global efforts for the elimination of female genital mutilation”, the representative of Burkina Faso, on behalf of the African Group, said the text was the culmination of discussions begun some time ago by African States and the General Assembly’s adoption of a resolution on the issue for the first time would intensify world efforts to stop the reactionary practice. Read more »
 
United Nations General Assembly approves Draft Resolution Aimed at Intensifying Global Effort to Eliminate Female Genital Mutilation
The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence was launched through an inter-agency event in Geneina, West Darfur state with the support from UNFPA, UNHCR, UNICEF, UNDP, UNAMID (HR, GAU, CPU, HIV/AIDs and FCPU), Sawa Sudan for Development and Humanitarian Aid and Islamic Relief Agency. . Read more »
 

Contact:
Please share your activities and stories with us:

Raga Makawi: makawi@un.org
Hanna Schmitt: hanna.schmitt@undp.org
 
 
 
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