The 25th of November marks International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and the beginning of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. The theme for 2022 is UNiTE! Activism to end violence against women and girls.
This theme calls for global action in raising awareness, sharing knowledge and encouraging advocacy efforts across all sectors and industries to address the global impact of domestic and family violence.
What is gender-based violence?
Gender-based violence is violence that is embedded in gender-based power, inequality, and discrimination. Gender-based violence causes or can cause physical, sexual, psychological, or financial harm. It can occur in the home, at work, online or in public. People of all genders can experience gender-based violence, including transgender and/or non-binary people.
Gender-based violence causes severe harm to families and communities. Campaigns like the 16 Days of Activism highlight the need for us to prevent all forms of family and gender-based violence.
How can I get involved in the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence?
There are many ways to get involved with the 16 Days of Activism, including the following ideas:
- Listen to lived experience Listen and amplify the voices of people who have experienced gender-based violence.
- Seek out education opportunities Connect your organisation with education opportunities such as online training sessions that discuss prevention of/responses to gender-based violence.
- Social media posts Share the 16 Days of Activism on social media and follow accounts like UN Women and Our Watch.
- Have conversations about challenging sexist, homophobic and transphobic attitudes and behaviours Be active in your conversations to challenge sexist, homophobic and transphobic views which ultimately foster violence.
Where can I learn more?
You can learn more about the prevention and responses to gender-based violence and family violence here: