To mark this day, the United Nations launched 16 Days of Activism to build a forum for global dialogue about violence against women and to bring attention to the work that still needs to be done. The Enough Project will be participating in this campaign through social media, using the hashtag #16Days, to share facts, pose, and answer questions on how we can each play a role in making sure that every woman and girl has the fundamental rights to live a life free of violence.
The theme for this year’s 16 Days Campaign is “From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Let’s Challenge Militarism and End Violence Against Women”. By focusing on three primary areas, including violence committed by the state, the role of small arms in domestic violence, and sexual violence committed during and after conflict, the 16 Days Campaign is actively drawing attention to the links between militarism and violence committed against women, which continue to pose serious threats to women’s physical and emotional safety around the world.
The 16 Day Campaign also highlights the economic underpinnings of violence against women, arguing that improved economic and social conditions could enhance women’s rights and prevent gender-based violence.
Check out U.N. Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka's special message on today's launch of #16Days :