2014 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence

"Gender bias is not only manifested in violence; it suffuses power dynamics from the kindergarten to the boardroom to the home, marking women as somehow lesser beings. But violence is the most brutal expression of gender inequality, the bluntest and most evident violation of women's fundamental human rights."

–UN Human Rights Chief, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein

The annual 16 days of activism against gender based violence campaign—from 25 November to 10 December 2014—calls for the elimination of all forms of violence against women and invites the international community to take action against it. It is also an opportunity to raise awareness of gender-based violence at the local, regional, and global levels. The 16 days of activism serves as a global platform for sharing the real stories of gender based violence as a way of inspiring change, solidarity and action.

The campaign begins on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (25 November) and ends on Human Rights Day (10 December).

From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World:  Let’s Challenge Militarism and End Gender-Based Violence.

Everyone woman has a story, whether it’s about a story about casual sexism at work, violence in their home, violence on the streets, harassment and intimidation in public spaces, and more.

This year, the UN Human Rights Office tells the stories of courageous women who are working in all corners of the world and in all settings to ensure women and girls can live free from the fear of violence.

Throughout 25 November - 10 December 2014 – the Human Rights Office will release stories of women around the following themes:

  • Violence against women human rights defenders
  • Empowering women victims of intimate partner violence
  • Sexual violence during and after conflict
  • Militarisation of humanitarian assistance

Add your voice! 

Share with us your story how you work to end violence against women. Do you work in your community, your place of business, your own home? Anyone can help stop violence against women?

Claim your voice, claim your space, and tell us your story #16days

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1 December 2014
"Men for Gender Justice - breaking cycles of violence against women and girls" - Lunchtime panel at the Graduate Institute, Geneva

9 December 2014
"Investigating gender motivated killings" - Panel discussion, Geneva, Palais des Nations, Room XXIII – 15:00 – 17:00.

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