COMMIT ▪ ACT ▪ DEMAND: We CAN End Violence Against Women!
Each year since 1991, tens of thousands of activists from every region of the world have taken part in the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign. The campaign’s central messages – women’s rights are human rights and violence against women constitutes a violation of human rights – have been a rallying call of the women’s movement.
Recognizing that violence against women affects people from every country, race, class, culture, and religion,the 16 Days Campaign provides an opportunity for activists to work together in solidarity and draw upon this period of heightened international attention to gain support for their local efforts. In celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) during last year’s 16 Days Campaign, millions of people pledged their support for ending violence against women (VAW) and upholding human rights. Building upon this momentum, the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) dedicates the 2009 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign to honoring groups and individualswho have committed to bringing VAW to the forefront of global attention, to encouraging everyone in their various capacities to take action to end VAW, and to demanding accountability for all of the promises made to eliminate VAW. Therefore, the 2009 theme is:
Commit ▪ Act ▪ Demand: We CAN End Violence Against Women!
T The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence is an international campaign originating from the first Women’s
Global Leadership Institute sponsored by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) at Rutgers University
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 human rights violation.
Check out the website!
If you would like more information about the international 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign, please visit the official website http://www.cwgl.rutgers.edu/16days/home.html. Pictures from the 2008 16 Days Campaign can be viewed on Flickr at http://www.flickr.com/photos/18578511@N04/.
Since this year’s campaign will focus on the power of women’s organizing and activism, we are asking for creative suggestions for actions that campaign participants can take. What exciting activities has your group sponsored? What unique and effective strategies have you tried? Do you have ideas about how to make the global 16 Days Campaign more dynamic? Write to us with your thoughts! E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
More details about the Campaign
The 2009 Take Action Kit, which will have more information about each of the theme points and suggestions to help with your planning, should be available online and in print in August. To request a kit, please contact CWGL:
Keely Swan, 16 Days Campaign Coordinator, Center for Women’s Global Leadership, 160 Ryders Lane, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8555 USA; Phone (1-732) 932-8782; Fax: (1-732) 932-1180; E-mail: email@example.com;
Or to access the kit online, go to: