(November 2011) 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, Nov. 25, International Day Against Violence Against Women, and Dec. 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.

The theme for 2011, “From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Let’s Challenge Militarism and End Violence Against Women!” describes the complex relationship between peace, home, and the world, and recognizes the many spaces where militarism influences our lives.

As part of a multi-year campaign theme on the links between militarism and violence against women, this year’s 16 Days Campaign will look deeper into five issues that were identified as priorities for those working on the intersections of violence against women and militarism:

  • Bringing together women, peace, and human rights movements to challenge militarism.
  • Proliferation of small arms and their role in domestic violence.
  • Sexual violence in and after conflict.
  • Political violence against women, including election violence.
  • Sexual and gender-based violence committed by state agents, particularly the police or military.

Related PRB Materials

Gender-Based Violence: Impediment to Reproductive Health (PDF: 361KB)

The Crucial Role of Health Services in Responding to Gender-Based Violence (PDF: 375KB)

Spousal Violence in Egypt