16 Days of Activism

Members of Shiba Madhesi Dalit Women’s Group set up by FEDO in Purina village, Nepalgunj, Nepal.

From 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women), until 10 December (Human Rights Day) 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, abilities, classes and backgrounds.

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

Eliminating all forms of discrimination and violence against women wherever they live or work

This year the global campaign is focused on gender-based violence in the world of work. The workplace is a site for gender-based violence globally, and for the 55% of women worldwide who work in temporary and often unregulated industries such as agriculture the threat of violence is often increased. Women in these unregulated industries lack protection and often face barriers to justice.

As well as joining the global movement to advocate for the elimination of all forms of violence against women wherever they live or work, throughout the campaign Womankind is highlighting online violence and abuse women experience. We will also be sharing the work our partners are doing over this period.

Online violence and abuse

While the internet has in many ways helped to give a platform to marginalised voices, particularly women who have historically been silenced within the women’s movement, there has also been a violent backlash. In particular women activists face increased abuse and threats.  This abuse online has a number of effects on women who experience it first hand and those who witness it, creating an online hostile environment, particularly for those advocating  for women’s rights.

This year, Womankind has worked with its partners in Zimbabwe, Kenya and Nepal to understand and document the types of violence and abuse women activists face online and the harmful effects of this. The policy briefing highlights key findings from this research and recommendations for Governments, internet and social media companies and donors and how they can work with women’s rights organisations.

Womankind will be launching the policy briefing on Thursday 29th November, International Women Human Rights Defender Day. Until then see here for more information about violence against women and girls.

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