16 Days of Activism to Prevent GBV

What is 16 Days?

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an international campaign that takes place each year. It commences on November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and ends on December 10, Human Rights Day. It is used as an organizing strategy by individuals and organizations around the world to call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls. 

On June 21, 2019, CARE International applauded governments, employers and workers for agreeing to a new International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention on ending violence and harassment in the world of work.

Over the last two years, CARE’s global #March4Women campaign saw over 200,000 people around the world sign petitions to call on their governments and business to join workers’ organizations and adopt international standards on this issue.

This convention means that we now have an international legal standard to specifically protect women at work from harassment and abuse. While this is a great starting point, the next step will be to put this standard into action for women everywhere, where governments ratify and domesticate the ILO Convention. Help us keep the fight going.

CARE's Work to Prevent GBV

Gender-based 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.

Stopping Child Marriage

Child marriage impacts 14.2 million girls a year--that's one girl every 2 minutes. Stopping this form of violence will help create healthier, happier, more productive societies.