Human rights, solidarity, awareness, strength, and resilience. These are some of the words that come to mind when I think about the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence Campaign (16 Days campaign).
Globally, one out of three women will be beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime, with rates of gender violence reaching 70% in some countries. Behind the numbers are the faces of women and girls whose lives are interrupted, their potential undermined, and their future compromised because of violence.
Started 21 years ago through the Center for Women’s Global Leadership at Rutgers University, the 16 Days campaign spans from November 25,International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, through today, December 10, International Human Rights Day.
The 16 days campaign has inspired countless victories for gender equity. Just a few weeks ago on November 26, the U.N. General Assembly’s human rights committee adopted by consensus a resolution calling for a global ban on female genital mutilation. The resolution calls the practice harmful and a serious threat to the psychological, sexual, and reproductive health of women and girls … what a victory!
MSH stands firmly behind the 16 days campaign. You can be a part of these triumphs against gender-based violence, along with the over 4,100 organizations in approximately 172 countries that have participated in the 16 Days Campaign since 1991.
In the spirit of the 16 Days Campaign and the many events happening around the beltway, the country, and the world, I encourage you to take action. Be bold and help end gender-based violence. I have!
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