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the 16 days of activism against gender violence - 2013

ICJW affiliates and members around the world are being encouraged to join with the international 16 Days campaign to eradicate violence against women.

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence is an annual global campaign to raise awareness about the high levels of violence against women around the world, and to urge the international community to do more to protect women and children. The campaign   begins on November 25, the International Day Against Violence Against Women,  and ends on Human Rights Day on December 10. It encompasses  other significant dates - November 29, International Women Human Rights Defenders Day, World AIDS Day on December 1, and the Anniversary of the Montreal Massacre on December 6,  when 14 women engineering students were murdered by a male student .

Internationally, the 16 Days Campaign in 2013 continues the theme of  From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Let’s Challenge Militarism and End Violence Against Women!  This becomes the fourth year of advocacy on this theme. The Campaign will focus on three priority areas while underlining the intersections of economic and social rights with militarism and gender-based violence:

1) Violence Perpetrated by State Actors: State actors use the threat or act of violence to maintain or attain power;

2) Domestic Violence and the Role of Small Arms;

3) Sexual Violence During and After Conflict.

More information can be found at:  

  1. http://16dayscwgl.rutgers.edu/
  2. Amnesty International  http://www.amnesty.org.au/svaw/
Dr Anne Morris, Chair, Status of Women, ICJW