16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence

The 16 Days Campaign: 25 November to 10 December 2020

 

The UN System’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence activities, from 25 November to 10 December, will take place under the 2020 global theme: "Orange the World: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect!"

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence is an annual international campaign beginning on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and running until 10 December, Human Rights Day.  It is used as an organizing strategy by individuals and organizations around the world to call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls.

Good Shepherd communities and organizations all over the world use this international event to push for change.

Every hour, somewhere in the world, thousands of women are killed or injured because of the violence perpetrated against them. As the world retreated inside homes due to the lockdown measures introduced to curb the COVID-19 pandemic, reports showed an alarming increase in the already existing pandemic of violence against women.Violence against women is not acceptable! Violence is most often physical, but not always – it can be emotional, financial, psychological, cyber. It can affect girls and women of any, and every age across the lifecycle.

 

From Good Shepherd International Justice Peace Office

We'll be posting daily on our social media (@GSIJP) and sending daily emails about the ways that gender-based violence manifests and how we can take action against it and #EndGBV.  Share, comment, and like our posts during the #16days.

GSIJPO NGO Prayer Network 2020 - Prayer from Good Shepherd International Justice Peace Office. 

 

From Singapore

Children of Ahuva Good Shepherd in Singapore participated in a workshop to mark 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence. 

Staff gave different examples of violence against women.  Then a video was shown, entitled ‘Don’t Confuse Love & Abuse’ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1L6HB97lbrQ) to give residents some practical insight into what an abusive relationship looked like.  An exercise followed, where the children were invited to write short letters to a fictional friend who was stuck in an abusive relationship,

To wrap up the workshop, all the staff and residents made bracelets together, as a tribute to the many women and girls around the world who continue to work hard in factories producing clothes and accessories. The bracelets remind that they are strong, independent and capable individuals!

More information and photos -  Ahuva Good Shepherd Singapore

 

From Malaysia

Orange The World : Say No to Violence Against Women & Children *

The 2020 narrative for this campaign places even more emphasis on the issue of violence against women and children in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic.

For the children:  A special session for the children (with their mothers present) on safe and unsafe touch.

For the adults :  Video presentations of violence against women, explanations of the different types of abuse – physical, sexual, psychological – were followed by focused discussions on what they have learnt and what can be done moving forward.

At all sessions, information on support and helpline numbers were given out.

* The colour orange symbolizes a brighter future and a world free from violence against women and children. It’s a colour of hope. It also serves as a means of demonstrating your solidarity against all sorts of violence.

More information and photos - Global Shepherds Berhad, Kuala Lumpur

 

Other resources

ACRATH 16 Days Campaign Activities - (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans).

 

More information

‘Poverty is Gender-Based Violence.’ Check out these 5 links between poverty and gender-based violence. https://www.actionaid.org.uk/blog/policy-and-research/2018/03/07/5-links-between-poverty-and-violence-against-women