16 Days of Activism

A group of women who received legal help from ZWLA

From 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) up to Human Rights Day (10 December), we will join the global women's movement to mark the 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence.
1 in 3 women across the world will experience violence in their lifetime. That’s more than 1 billion women and girls facing physical or sexual abuse. Violence doesn’t discriminate, it affects women of all ages, classes and backgrounds.

16 Days of Activism raises awareness about violence against women as a human rights issue, focussing on the importance of grassroots work on violence against women as well as providing an international platform for advocacy and campaigning.

Throughout the campaign, Womankind is highlighting the key barriers women face when trying to access justice after they have experienced violence. We will also be looking at the inspiring ways women's rights organisations support #JusticeforWomen

Justice for Women

Barriers to accessing justice are rooted in the structures of society that privilege men’s lives over women’s, and the patriarchal social norms that shape and dictate women’s and men’s experiences and interactions.

This year, Womankind has worked with the Zimbabwe Women Lawyers Association (ZWLA) to document the barriers to justice for women survivors of violence in Zimbabwe. ZWLA’s new report shows that, despite strong provisions on gender equality in the Zimbabwe constitution, and a raft of laws to prevent and respond to domestic violence, sexual violence, child and forced marriage, and female genital mutilation, women survivors still face multiple barriers to accessing legal redress.

Read ZWLA's research on access to justice.

16 Days blogs

Justice is women is key to ending violence

Gender inequality and the rush for land: a perfect storm for women’s rights in Uganda

Honouring Women Human Rights Defenders

Women’s voices must not be ignored in business and human rights talks

Breaking the silence: lesbian, bisexual and trans women campaigning for freedom from violence

Hear from women about their struggle for justice

Our partners provide essential services to women who have experienced violence, including supporting them to access legal aid and seek justice against their abusers.

Precious pictured in her home







Read Precious' story of how she rebuilt her life after an abusive relationship.


Silindile sits smiling







Read Silindile's story about being supported to divorce her husbands after years of abuse.

Veronica pictured outside her home







Read Veronica's story about supporting women in her community to access justice.

Stay tuned for more updates on our 16 Days of Activism campaign. Follow us on Twitter for live updates.