The Global 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign (the Global 16 Days Campaign), was launched in 1991 by the Centre for Women’s Global Leadership at its first Women’s Global Leadership Institute. The Global 16 Days Campaign is used worldwide to call for the elimination of gender-based violence (GBV).
The campaign runs annually from 25 November (International Day Against Violence Against Women) to 10 December (International Human Rights Day) and works toward the elimination of GBV and aims to increase awareness of GBV, challenge discriminatory attitudes and call for accountability for ending GBV and discrimination against women.
Over 6000+ organisations in more than 185 countries have participated in the Global 16 Days Campaign since 1991, with over a reach of 300 million. Each year, the campaign focuses on a different theme.
In 2020, the Global 16 Days campaign will increase its efforts to amplify the voices of women workers in the informal economy while continuing to call for the ratification of ILO Convention 190 and to end all forms of GBV in private and public spaces.
Organisations run events and activities during the 16 days of the campaign. A couple of ideas are below:
- Workplace talks on confronting violence against women in the community and workplace
- Amnesty International held a Trivia Night – This could be adapted this year to a zoom trivia
- Walk Against Family Violence – This could be adapted this year to a lunchtime walk
- Participating in White Ribbon Day 20 November 2020
- Training packages for workplaces – Many women’s health services provide tailored one-on-one support packages to organisations and businesses in reviewing and making changes to internal processes and policies to support gender equity and prevention of violence against women. Most organisational change programs are fee-for-service and can include carrying out gender audits of your workplace, and implementation and monitoring of workplace programs, policy and organisational change.
- By Education Centre Against Violence (ECAV)
- By Anti-Discrimination NSW
- By DV Work Aware
- Social media and communications
- Encourage staff to add a 16 days signature banner to their emaiL
- Release social media shareable graphics every day for the 16 days
Tools & Resources
Male Champions of Change:
Male Champions of Change (MCC) Institute works with influential leaders to redefine men’s role in taking action on gender inequality. It activates peer groups of influential male leaders, supports them to step up beside women, and drives the adoption of actions across private sector and government.
Our Watch is a national leader in the primary prevention of violence against women and their children in Australia.
1800RESPECT Financial Abuse Support Toolkit:
Financial abuse is sometimes called economic abuse. Financial abuse is a form of domestic and family violence. Financial abuse can include many things, like controlling and preventing your access to money, stopping you from getting a job or forcing you to get loans you don’t want. Financial abuse can also occur with other forms of violence and abuse. Financial abuse is not OK. Support is available for you
Women’s Financial Toolkit – Its your future:
We’ve brought together free and trusted online resources to help you or someone you know find reliable information on money and finance matters. We want to empower women to be confident money managers and to know more about securing their financial futures. This tool has resources to help women through different life stages and life events, no matter what their circumstances.