One in three women worldwide experience physical or sexual violence—mostly by an intimate partner. Violence against women and girls is a human rights violation, and the immediate and long-term physical, sexual, and mental consequences for women and girls can be devastating.
WHAT IS THE GLOBAL 16 DAYS CAMPAIGN?
The Global 16 Days Campaign calls for the elimination of gender-based violence (GBV) worldwide by spotlighting the persistence of GBV across the globe and the binding legal obligation of states to end it. Underpinned by feminist values and human rights principles, the Campaign aims to mobilize communities to increase awareness of GBV, ensure prevention and showcase progress on eliminating GBV, and demand accountability for ending GBV in all spheres.
Commencing in 1991, the campaign was launched by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) at its first Women’s Global Leadership Institute. It is run annually, beginning on International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (November 25) and ending on International Human Rights Day (December 10). Over 6000 organizations in more than 185 countries have participated in the Global 16 Days Campaign since its inception, with over a reach of 300 million people.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Global 16 Days Campaign. Considering the continuing impunity for femicide, this year the Campaign’s anniversary theme will focus on raising awareness of “femicide or the gender-related killing of women.”