16 Days of Activism to End Gender Violence Campaign

16 Days of Activism to End Gender Violence is a global campaign to end violence against women. 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. These two dates symbolically link violence against women and human rights, emphasizing that gender violence is a human rights violation. The 16 Days originated from the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute sponsored by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership in 1991. Over 3,400 organizations in approximately 164 countries have participated in the 16 Days Campaign since 1991!

For more information on the campaign, go to http://16dayscwgl.rutgers.edu/.

In 2006 , as part of the global campaign, we asked members of the Sakhi community to share their thoughts about activism and violence against women. We sent selected responses for each day of the campaign by e-mail. Listed below are the questions which participants answered:

1. What does activism mean to you?

2. Why is activism for women’s rights important?

3. How is violence against women a human rights issue?

View the responses from the community.