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 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign that kicks off on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs until 10 December, Human Rights Day. The global theme for this year’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is “Orange the world: End violence against women now!” Stop violence against women and girls see picture

We understand that, violence against women is a global problem that requires global action. Calls for action like the 16 days of Activism view tweet are crucial because, they shine a spotlight on the issue of violence against women. They are a moment to create public awareness view poster about what needs to change to prevent it from happening in the first place at local, national, regional and international levels.

What does orange the world mean?

During the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, we educated the children on the campaign slogan ‘Orange the World’ view video. We informed them that, the “Orange the World” campaign uses orange as the unifying color throughout all its activities. It is a symbol of a brighter future, free from violence against women and girls.

Why is it important to raise awareness about domestic violence?

We believe that, it’s vital to enacting change that people are conscious of the gravity of the situation. It is important to make people aware. We encourage our children to shun from ignorance. The more information they have about healthy and unhealthy relationships, the better off they will be at keeping themselves and their communities safe. Not just this month, but every month.

We specifically targeted and mobilized the adolescent Boys from the informal settlements throughout the period with trainings that aimed at click hereEmpowering Adolescent Boys to support Girls to end Inequalities” by Uniting the voices of boys and Men to promote Sustainable Development Goal number 5 through community sensitization’’ during and after the 16 days of activism campaign.

The participants were trained on matters Gender Based Violence. How to spot it. How to report it. How to Stop it see photo. This gave insight to them as to what GBV looks like even within the family set up. The sessions were interactive where the participants also got to watch some GBV related videos, ask questions and share their thoughts on the topic. They were able to sign pledges as their commitment to reporting and ending GBV.

Why does education on ending Gender-Based Violence matter?

Violence against women continues to occur at an alarming scale. Too often it is accepted as normal behavior and the global culture of discrimination against women allows violence to occur with impunity.

Speaking out against women’s rights abuses is not just for women’s organizations. We at Child Space organization believe that, it is a paramount subject that ought to be discussed and tackled by all organizations. This ranges from lobbying the governments to improve laws and services, to working with communities to change discriminatory attitudes and behaviors.

 Who needs to be involved in ending Gender-Based Violence?

We firmly rest on the belief that, to end violence against women, we need to challenge the attitudes that perpetuate and normalize that violence, and deny women’s right to safety. Men are overwhelmingly the perpetrators of gender-based violence. To see violence truly eliminated, the attitudes of men need to change. We’re working with both women and men to see gender-based violence to run awareness-raising and violence prevention programs.

Violence against women is not inevitable; it is preventable. Tell your families, schools, communities and workplaces. Together, our message will be amplified, and our voices heard.

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