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Campaign takes on militarism and gender-based violence

The annual 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence runs from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, until 10 December, International Human Rights Day, emphasising that gender-based violence is a human rights violation.

This year’s campaign challenges militarism, with a focus on peace. Building on 2013’s theme the focus is: “From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Let’s Challenge Militarism and End Violence Against Women.

“If we look at nearly every part of the globe, we are contending with violent conflict, escalating militarization, proliferation of small arms, extremist groups, unprecedented gender-based violence, political, economic, and social rights violations, and targeted attacks and killings of women human rights defenders,” said Doctor Radhika Balakrishnan, Executive Director of CWGL in a press statement.

The 16 Days campaign originates from the first Women's Global Leadership Institute in 1991. The event was convened by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) which is still the campaign’s global coordinator.

This year over 5,000 activists are taking part, calling for action and accountability from policymakers and governments as well as pushing the responsibility of communities to end violence, discrimination, and inequality based on gender, disability, and sexual orientation.

Everyday throughout the 16 Days campaign BRIDGE, a specialised gender and development research and information service based at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), is featuring anti gender-based violence work from around the world – from interviews to art projects, campaigns to key research.

Find out more about the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence at the CWGL campaign website or by following #16Days

Keep up to date with the BRIDGE 16 Days collection for 2014 in the Storify below.

Women’s Resistance Strategies in Abusive Relationships: an alternative framework
B. E. Hayes 2013
Estimates suggest that more than 90% victims of intimate partner violence are females, making it a gender-based crime. Even though women who are victims of intimate partner violence are considered passive by nature, it has been noted ...
In Her Shoes toolkit
GBV Prevention Network 2011
Anyone who wants to learn about the realities of women experiencing violence in sub-Saharan Africa can benefit from walking In Her Shoes. This interactive toolkit gives women and men the opportunity to ‘walk in the shoes’ ...
Policy paper on sexual and gender-based crimes
International Criminal Court 2014
Are sexual and gender-based crimes recognised internationally? This policy paper describes the Statute issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC) that will help the ICC Office to fight against sexual and gender-based crimes, and...
Review of evaluation approaches and methods for interventions related to violence against women and girls (VAWG)
M. Raab; W. Stuppert / Department for International Development, UK 2014
Commissioned by DFID, this review of approaches and methods used to evaluate violence against women and girls (VAWG) interventions assesses their strengths, weaknesses, and appropriateness. Conducted with a focus on understanding what...
16 Days Campaign Analytical Summary 2013
Center for Women's Global Leadership 2013
The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign (16 Days Campaign) is an international global advocacy campaign, coordinated since 1991 by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL). The event runs annually f...
Sexual Violence and Armed Conflict: Gender, Society, and the State
Wagadu 2012
Conflict-related sexual violence, once invisible due to patriarchal disregard for women’s experiences in war, has become a central focus for ending violence against women worldwide. This has far-reaching consequences in humanita...