Global Day of Action Against Militarism & Violence Against Women

on Women Human Rights Defenders Day - November 29 - Solidarity

For this year’s 16 Days Campaign, participants have been asked to organize public vigils, nonviolent demonstrations, or peaceful marches on Monday, November 29, 2010 (Women Human Rights Defenders Day) in a show of global solidarity. http://16dayscwgl.rutgers.edu/2010-campaign/global-day-of-action

Call to Action
On this Global Day of Action we, as women human rights defenders, peace activists, human rights advocates, feminists, young and old, around the world, speak out against all forms of violence and commit ourselves to the values of equality and peace with the following demands:

1. Challenge militarism and end violence against women
2. Strengthen women’s leadership to promote peace
3. Realize human rights for all to achieve genuine security

(4. & 5. - Your own two demands!)

Are you planning a peace vigil? We want to hear from you!
If you are planning an event on this day, please send us two additional demands that relate to your local activities. We have named three broad messages in the Call to Action, but we want to hear about the issues most important to you. Please send your messages directly to 16days@cwgl.rutgers.edu


Things to think about for your demands:
- What can be done to help prevent and eliminate violence against women in your community?
- Are there any specific violations that took place near you or in your country that you want to highlight?
- What values or attitudes do you want to change?
- How can individuals live more peaceful and non-violent lives?
- Are there laws in place where you live that focus on preventing violence against women and protecting those who have experienced violence?
- What policies or budget allocations does your government have that contribute to war?

Haven't planned anything yet? It's not too late!
You can hold a vigil very easily and simply with some friends. Just get a few people together, make some signs with messages for peace or about the need to eliminate violence against women, and stand in a public place! You can wear black, light candles, distribute flyers or ribbons, bang on drums - whatever actions make the most sense for where you are.

Don't forget to take pictures and share them with us for the website!


International Women Human Rights Defenders Day, November 29th
Defending Women Defending Rights is an international campaign launched in 2004 for the recognition and protection of women human rights defenders who are activists advocating for the realization of all human rights for all people. The campaign asserts that women fighting for human rights and all activists defending women’s rights face specific violations as a result of their advocacy or their gender. November 29th is a day of recognition for women human rights defenders, and it is a day to commemorate activism, advocacy and courageous acts of resistance. The campaign focuses on defense of rights and the impact of abuses by state and non-state actors (including family and community members), the rise in militarism and fundamentalisms, and the many ways defenders are targeted because of sexuality, including the perception of being lesbian or gay.

For more information, check the women human rights defender campaign website at http://www.defendingwomen-defendingrights.org/ for videos, action alerts, reports, and other materials you can use to celebrate International Women Human Rights Defenders Day in your community.

International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, November 29th
In 1977, the General Assembly called for the annual observance of 29 November as the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People (resolution 32/40 B). On that day, in 1947, the Assembly adopted the resolution on the partition of Palestine (resolution 181 (II)).
For more information, please see the UN website: http://www.un.org/depts/dhl/palestinian/index.html

16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign
Center for Women's Global Leadership
Tel: 1-732-932-8782
Fax: 1-732-932-1180
Email: 16days@cwgl.rutgers.edu
Website: http://www.cwgl.rutgers.edu