From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World
Based on participants’ inputs and suggestions, the Center for Women’s Global Leadership is pleased to announce that the 2012 16 Days Campaign continues with the global theme: From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Let’s Challenge Militarism and End Violence Against Women!
This year’s Campaign marks our third year of advocacy on the intersections of gender-based violence and militarism.
The sub-themes of the Campaign are:
• Sexual and gender-based violence committed by state agents, particularly the police or military
•Proliferation of small arms and their role in domestic violence
•Sexual violence in and after conflict The global theme announcement is available in 38 languages from the CWGL 16 Days website: http://16dayscwgl.rutgers.edu/2012-campaign/theme-announcement.
The 16 Days Take Action Kit is also available for download at our website at: http://16dayscwgl.rutgers.edu/2012-campaign/2012-take-action-kit. You can request a hard copy of the Take Action Kit by visiting http://16dayscwgl.rutgers.edu/2012-campaign/take-action-kit.
If you would like to receive updates on the 16 Days Campaign, please join our listserve at https://email.rutgers.edu/mailman/listinfo/16days_discussion or follow us on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/16DaysCampaign.
You can also participate in our new online discussion forum: http://16dayscwgl.rutgers.edu/get-involved/16-days-discussion-forum.
What is the 16 Days Campaign?
The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence is an international campaign originating from the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute coordinated 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 4,100 organizations in approximately 172 countries have participated in the 16 Days Campaign since 1991! The 16 Days Campaign: Taking Action If you are taking action, organizing events, workshops and more, to mark the 16 Days of Activism, post about them on www.saynotoviolence.org.
Posting actions on this website is easy: 1.Create an account if you do not already have one: http://saynotoviolence.org/user/register. If you already have an account, log in.
2.Post a brief description of your event by filling up the action page form and save it (http://saynotoviolence.org/join-say-no/start-action). You can count signatures you collect towards a petition or participants at your events as “actions”; post photos and videos from your events to inform and engage more people.
3.Share your action page with your friends, colleagues and networks, via email and on social media, using the “Share This” feature.