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16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence 2014 - Resource Highlights

This update highlights a handful of excellent  resources linked to this year's 16 days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence campaign theme - militarism and gender-based violence.

The 16 Days Campaign annually runs from November 25, International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, to December 10 Human Rights Day, which rightfully stresses that gender-based violence is an international human rights violation.

In the lead up to, and during, this year’s campaign activities, participants highlighted the systemic nature of gender-based violence and militarism which encourages inequality and discrimination and prioritises weapons spending over funding for quality education and healthcare and safe public spaces. The culture of militarism builds on and protects systems of power by controlling dissent and using violence to settle economic, political and social disputes. Militarism draws on and perpetuates patriarchal models of political, economic, and social domination of people by a small number of elites and privileges violent masculinity as acceptable behaviour. The 16 Days Campaign focus on the intersections of gender-based violence and militarism is an effort to work toward a more equitable and peaceful world.

Six excellent resources are featured in this update but for more high quality resources on the theme please type ‘16days2014’ into the search box. There are a number of resources available in English, French and Spanish.

BRIDGE created a Storify which ran across the 16 days which we updated daily, featuring the work of the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) teams, IDS partners, and others who are working for an end to gender-based violence. The Storify features news articles, videos, blogs and resources.

Photo by International Federation Transport Workers
IFT women rally on no gender-based violence
Photo source Creative Commons

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign - Take Action Kit - 2014
Centre for Women's Global Leadership 2014
In these turbulent times, the global theme of the 16 Days Campaign, “From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World”, is very pertinent. The 2014 16 Days Campaign! highlights three priority areas which affect issues of gende...
Stop Violence Against Girls in School. Success Stories
ActionAid International 2013
Millions of girls in sub-Saharan Africa continue to be denied their right to education. Violence and the fear of violence are also critical factors preventing girls from attending school. Action Aid’s Stop Violence Against Girls ...
Gender and Militarism Analyzing the Links to Strategize for Peace
Isabelle Geuskens (ed) / Women Peacemakers Program 2014
We are approaching the 15th anniversary of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 which recognises women’s roles in conflict resolution as well as the specific impacts of war on women’s lives. Its actual i...
‘If they had hope, they would speak’: The ongoing use of state-sponsored sexual violence in Burma’s ethnic communities’.
Women’s League of Burma 2014
‘The government of Burma has worked hard to show its reformist credentials to the world, but for women in Burma’s ethnic communities, human rights abuses and sexual violence at the hands of the Burma Army remain a constant...
Masculinities & Engaging Men: Training Manual
O. Miruka / African Women's Development & Communication Network 2013
The overall goal of the Men to Men Programme is to create a critical mass of African men who are able to influence communities, organisations and the public to believe in and practice gender equality as a norm. The manual on masculini...
Global report on the situation of women human rights defenders
K Asoka / Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition 2012
This extensive report was produced between 2005 and 2012 by members of the Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition. It includes 43 detailed case studies selected by coalition members. The first section focuses on the cont...