16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Make Education Safe for all!

(25 November -- 10 December 2015)

The 16 Days campaign is an opportunity to show international solidarity in the fight to end violence against women. This year's theme--Make Education Safe for All--highlights the relationship between militarism and the right to education in situations of relative peace, violent conflict, and a variety of other education settings. Amnesty International joins with the 16 Days Campaign and with organizations and people all over the world to promote women's rights to peace and freedom from violence and the right to education. Join with us these 16 days to stand against gender-based violence and help us end violence against women!

What you can do!

Follow our blogs during the 16 Days of Activism below to learn more about women’s human rights, gender-based violence, and barriers to education around the world.

  • Violence against educators in Afghanistan: Read about how attacks on schools, teachers and students impede access to education.
  • Lack of access to water and sanitation as a barrier to education: Learn about how the lack of adequate toilets and hygiene in schools is a huge barrier to girls’ school attendance and education.
  • Conflict and displacement as it affects education: Learn about how the impacts of conflict-induced displacement on education are enormous, and how the barriers to accessing education in a conflict setting are often exacerbated.
  • Early and forced childhood marriage and its impact on education: Read more about how child brides are often deprived of their fundamental right to education.

With all this information, you are equipped to be a women's rights defender! Here are 16 Ideas to help you take action!

What is Gender-based violence?
Gender-based violence is violence that is directed against a woman because she is a woman, or is violence that affects women disproportionately. Both gender-based violence and violence against women are terms used to describe human rights violations committed against women that stem from gender inequality and the failure of governments and societies to recognize the human rights of women. Acts of gender-based violence can include domestic violence, sexual abuse, rape, sexual harassment, trafficking of women, forced prostitution, harmful social practices, and more.  Gender-based violence also includes denial of medical services and adequate care.

What is Militarism?
Militarism is a process whereby military values, institutions and patterns of behavior have a dominant influence over society. It is an ideology that creates a culture of fear and supports the use of violence, aggression, or military interventions for settling disputes and enforcing economic and political interests—a culture that appropriate and restricts women’s bodies and women’s control over their own bodies. To read more about militarism, education, and gender-based violence, click here.

Gender-based violence inhibits or nullifies the enjoyment of a person's full human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the:

  • Right to life;
  • Right not to be subject to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment;
  • Right to equal protection according to humanitarian norms in time of international or internal armed conflict;
  • Right to liberty and security of person;
  • Right to equal protection under the law;
  • Right to equality in the family;
  • Right to the highest standard attainable of physical and mental health.

Those whose rights are violated are entitled to:

  • Access to justice
  • Right to reparations
  • Right to remedy

We'd like to hear from you about your planned events, activities and materials. Please send your 16 Days plans to us at WHR@aiusa.org so we can chart and recognize the amazing activism we all are doing on behalf of women's human rights.

Don't forget to follow the Women's Human Rights Coordination Group on Facebook and Twitter to stay up-to-date on women's human rights!

Join our Women's Human Rights Action Network to keep defending women's human rights!