(November 2015) 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 at Rutgers University in 1991. Participants chose the dates between November 25, International Day For the Elimination of Violence Against Women, through 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.

During this period, the Population Reference Bureau (PRB) will highlight data and related materials on gender violence. Globally, acceptance of gender-based violence remains a barrier to empowerment. For example, tolerance of wife beating has declined in a broad sense over the past several decades but remains alarmingly high in many countries, even among women themselves. In Indonesia and Zambia, 24 percent and 30 percent of women, respectively, agree that a husband is justified in beating his wife if she leaves the house without telling him. These levels are about twice as high as rates among men in these countries.1

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As part of a multiyear campaign on the intersections of militarism and violence against women, the theme for 2015, “From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Make Education Safe for All,” focuses on the universal human right to education for girls and boys, and young women and men, which may be threatened by conflict situations.

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For more information on the 16 Days of Activism and to access a Take Action Kit, see: http://16dayscwgl.rutgers.edu/.


  1. Peter Goldstein, “Data Show Gains For Women, But More Progress Needed” (August 2015), accessed at www.prb.org/Publications/Datasheets/2015/2015-world-population-data-sheet.aspx, on Nov. 20, 2015.