From 25th November every year which is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to December 10, which is Human Rights Day, there are various forms of active campaigns against gender-based violence around the world. Therefore, the period between November 25 to October 10 every year is called the 16 Days of Activism.
These 16 days require the participation of individuals, governments and civil society groups to act in protecting women and girls from domestic abuse and all other forms of violence. This year’s campaign for the 16 Days of Activism is under the theme, “End Gender-Based Violence in the World of Work.”.
This is meant to protect women in the workplace from all forms of gender-based violence. It is a fight for all women and girls who are at the center of violence and abuse.
The color orange has been used in past years to depict worldwide activities held in solidarity with the activism and this year is no exception. To bring global attention to activities held, buildings and landmarks will be decorated in orange, while individuals can also wear orange attire as a symbol of solidarity to the campaign.
The 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence was originated from the Women’s Global Institute and coordinated by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership in 1991.
Wherever you are in the world, it is important to speak up and stand up against gender-based violence in the workplace, home or any space you find yourself.