Come together to stop violence against women

November 24, 2014

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The 16 Days of Activism for the Elimination of Violence Against Women takes place from 25 November to 10 December each year.


Tomorrow, 25 November, is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

The United Nations Secretary-General’s UNiTE campaign calls it Orange Day. White Ribbon Australia calls it White Ribbon Day. And around the world, activists know it as Day One of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence.

Why 16 days? Because 10 December is International Human Rights Day. By connecting 25 November and 10 December, the campaign symbolically shows that violence against women is fundamentally a human rights abuse.

With several campaigns running in Australia and around the world across these 16 days, there are lots of opportunities for you to get involved.

Ready to take a stand against gender-based violence? Here are a few options:
Attend the 2014 Gender and Education Association Biennial Interim Conference on Gender and Education in the Asia Pacific: Possibilities and Provocations, 9-11 December at the University of Melbourne. Keynote speakers will include Dr. Sakena Yacoobi, a leading woman peacemaker from Afghanistan who heads the Afghan Institute of Learning.
Take part in the Orange Day campaign.
Attend a White Ribbon event in your local area.
Learn about specific issues by following a Teach-in on Twitter and participate by retweeting, asking questions and sharing your thoughts using hashtags #16Days and #GBVTeachin.
Take part in a free international webinar on Rethinking the Asia Pivot: Challenging Everyday Militarisms & Bridging Communities of Women.

Join IWDA on Twitter and Facebook to hear more about the 16 Days through the next couple of weeks, and connect with us to show us how you’re taking action to end violence against women.