The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign for the Elimination of Violence against Women. The campaign was started by activists at the inaugural Women’s Global Leadership Institute in 1991 and continues to be coordinated each year by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership.

What is Gender based violence?

Gender based violence is; any harmful act directed against individuals or groups on the basis of their gender. Including sexual violence, domestic violence, trafficking, forced/early marriage and harmful traditional practices.

How to get involved?

  • Sometimes it’s hard to talk about difficult topics like domestic violence. We suggest for you to watch a movie that deals with issues of power, control, & abuse with your family or friends. Discuss/Reflect about the themes raised in the film and how those issues may impact people in your community. 
  • Help a sis out! Join in on our #ItIsThatDeep CampaignThe campaign aims to contribute to the systematic change, that the mobilisation of the #MeTOO and TimesUp movement has caused around the world. By having more girls and women feeling empowered to speak up and call out inappropriate behaviour, it then results to raising awareness of the signs of sexual harassment and violence. Click here to get involved.
  • On #GivingTuesday it’s time to make your money matter! Donate to BelEve and you’ll be supporting our work to address and prevent domestic violence for the young girls within your community.
  • Social Media is a great way to learn about ending domestic violence in your area & across the country. Follow us on Socials for Instagram and Twitter to get involved and stay informed!
  • Inform your friends and family about it. Sadly 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime, many women are silent. Talk about abuse with friends & family this week. Break the silence, show your support & build a community that is ready to end domestic violence.

We hope these tips have given you ideas on how you can get involved during the 16 days of Activism. now we ask you this question… Why is ending domestic violence important to you?