Starting on November 25 and ending on Human Rights Day, December 10, 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence is a wake-up call and a call to action for people all over the world to open their eyes to global violence against women and do something about it.
I like the way that the 16 Days website puts it:
Participants chose the dates […] in order to symbolically link violence against women and human rights and to emphasize that such violence is a violation of human rights.
This year, the theme for 16 Days is “Commit (We are All Responsible). Act (We Can All Make a Difference). Demand (We Are All Accountable): We CAN End Violence Against Women!” Since 1991, over 2000 organizations all over the world have joined the campaign to stop global violence against women. It’s time for all of us to stand up, and give a voice to a community that is often silenced in their struggle.
What can you do? The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has a list of 16 ways that they are working to end gender violence at http://www.unfpa.org/public/News/events/16days. If you work for a nonprofit looking to join 16 Days, this is a pretty good to-do list to start with.
For individuals, 16 Days has a Toolkit that you can download that has tons of resources and a guide for how to get involved. Also, you can visit the 16 Days Facebook page, where you can connect with over a thousand people who are interested in working for this great cause.