The 16 Days Campaign Against Gender-Based Violence happens from 25 November through 10 December. This year it takes place against the backdrop of an unprecedented global outcry. Millions have rallied behind the hashtag #MeToo and other campaigns, exposing the magnitude of sexual harassment and other forms of violence that women everywhere suffer and every day. We know that breaking the silence is always the first step to transforming the culture of gender-based violence.
At the heart of the 2018 theme, “Leave No One Behind – End Violence against Women”, is the imperative to support those who are particularly vulnerable. The Campaign is a reminder to everyone to continue to advocate, work and pray for an end to violence against women.
It is totally unacceptable that one in every three women and girls experience violence at some time in their lifetime. Even one woman experiencing such is too many. Violence against women happens in every country and every society. It occurs in homes, in schools, on the streets, in church communities, at work, on the internet and in refugee camps. Violence against women and girls happens during war, and even in the absence of war. Too often, it is normalised and goes unpunished. Human trafficking is a form of violence against women.
No matter where violence against women happens, what form it takes, and whom it impacts, it must be stopped.
Go to the following link to discover some of the ways of taking action each day during the 16 Days Campaign: