16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence: Join CARE in Advocating for Women's Rights

16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence: Join CARE in Advocating for Women's Rights

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The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence is an international campaign to raise awareness about gender-based violence around the world. The start- and end-dates, November 25 and December 10, are International Day Against Violence Against Women and International Human Rights Day. They were chosen to help remind people that violence against women, at its core, a violation of human rights.

As many as one in every three women has been beaten, coerced into sex or abused in some other way – most often by someone she knows, including by her husband or another male family member. While women living in poverty and in societies torn by conflict are particularly vulnerable, gender-based violence transcends all physical, social and economic borders. Violence against women —from sexual harassment, threats or involuntary confinement to beatings, forced marriage and rape — constitute one of the world’s most widespread human rights abuses.

This violence leaves survivors with long-term psychological and physical trauma; tears away at the social fabric of communities; and is used with terrifying effect in conflict settings, with women as the main target.

It doesn't have to be this way. Women and men from all walks of life are joining together to help bring an end to these pervasive, and often deadly, acts. But ending violence against women requires fundamental changes in societies and in attitudes towards gender. As part of CARE’s comprehensive approach we work with men and boys to engage them in discussions about gender equality and violence so they can become champions of change in their communities, while also offering support and services for victims. Violence is learned. It can be unlearned.

Become a champion for women’s empowerment. Join us over the next 16 days as we tell the stories of women who have endured unspeakable acts of violence and men who have joined the fight for women’s rights.

Use #16Days on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to tell your own stories and follow the journeys of survivors. 


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