2011 16 Days Campaign
Sexual violence is one of the most brutal forms of gender inequality and is a violation of human rights that cannot be ignored. Across Europe one in 10 women have suffered sexual violence.
In Lithuania, 26.5% of girls aged 16 or over said that they had been sexually abused by a stranger (Purvanieckine, 1999 EWL briefing on violence against women June 2011).
In 2005, astudy conducted by Rutgers WPF, a sexual research institute and IPPF Member Association in the Netherlands, found that one out of six girls between the ages of 12 and 25 has been forced to engage in some kind of sexual activity against their will.
The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence is an international campaign originating from the first Women's Global Leadership Institute. 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. This year’s theme is “From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Let's Challenge Militarism and End Violence Against Women!”.
The Huffington Post has featured an article on violence against women
and the 16 Days Campaign, by media critic Soraya Chemaly. Check out
"Violence Against Women Is a Global Pandemic," at