16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence 

The 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence is an international campaign that commences on 25 November - the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women - and ends on 10 December, Human Rights Day. It was originated by activists and continues to be coordinated each year by the Center for Women's Global Leadership. The UN supports this civil society-led campaign through the “United Nations Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women Campaign (UNiTE)”. In recent years, the UNiTE campaign has utilized the colour orange to represent a brighter future, free from violence against women and girls, as a unifying theme running through all of its global activities.

In 2018 the theme of the global campaign is violence in the world of work. The UNiTE Campaign’s global advocacy theme is: Orange the World: #HearMeToo. This is because in recent years the voices of survivors and activists, through campaigns have reached a crescendo that cannot be silenced any more. It is the time to bring the stories of women and girls up to light. 

Making our voices heard, our experiences known is the first step to affect change.  Social movements, including around sexual harassment in the workplace, have proven to be a force for change.  These have made visible the shocking magnitude of violence against women and sexual harassment in the workplace and resulted into the resolve of innumerable private and public businesses to adopt legal and policy frameworks to put an end to it. Importantly, these movements have also led to debates in the streets, in schools, in workplaces, at home.It is the willingness to question deeply held beliefs about sexuality, consent and power, that can unsettle the societal norms that still normalize - and even justify - gender-based violence. 

This year, OHCHR’s online social media campaign seeks to recognise and spotlight some of the courageous women human rights defenders behind a few of the many inspiring social movements for women’s rights around the world today. They will share their stories, their challenges and their calls to action, including for everyoneto Stand Up Against Gender-based Violenceand Stand Up For Human Rights!

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was born out of the demand of people to ensure respect for the dignity and rights of all individuals without discrimination, without violence. It is the expression of that same desire, of the same demand, that we need to give voice to during and beyond the 16 Days of Activism!

Videos:

OHCHR 16 Days of Activism Against GBV Campaign - Social Movements – Launch by High Commissioner

OHCHR 16 Days of Activism Against GBV Campaign - Social Movements - Intro

OHCHR 16 Days of Activism Against GBV Campaign - Social Movements - Sabah Al Hallak's on the dependence of peace on women’s inclusion

OHCHR 16 Days of Activism Against GBV Campaign - Social Movements - Amber Heard on no longer accepting silence & injustice 

OHCHR 16 Days of Activism against GBV Campaign – Social Movements - Marie Laguerre on the #noustoutesharcelement movement against sexual violence

OHCHR 16 Days of Activism Against GBV Campaign - Social Movements - Alyssa Milano on the #MeToo movement and the need for women to keep raising their voices