16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence 2011



The Center for Women's Global Leadership is pleased to announce that the 2011 16 Days Take Action Kit is now available for download on our website.


About 16 Days

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence is an international campaign originating from the first Women's Global Leadership Institute sponsored by the Center for Women's Global Leadership in 1991.

Participants chose the dates November 25- International Day Against Violence Against Women- and December 10- International Human Rights Day- in order to symbolically link violence against women and human rights and to emphasize that such violence is a violation of human rights.

This 16-day period also highlights other significant dates including November 29, International Women Human Rights Defenders Day, December 1, World AIDS Day, and December 6, which marks the Anniversary of the Montreal Massacre.The 16 Days Campaign has been used as an organizing strategy by individuals and groups around the world to call for the elimination of all forms of violence against women by:

                                 raising awareness about gender-based violence as a human rights issue at the local, national, regional and international levels

                                 strengthening local work around violence against women

                                 establishing a clear link between local and international work to end violence against women

                                 providing a forum in which organizers can develop and share new and effective strategies

                                 demonstrating the solidarity of women around the world organizing against violence against women

                                 creating tools to pressure governments to implement promises made to eliminate violence against women


Over 3,700 organizations in approximately 164 countries have participated in the 16 Days Campaign since 1991!