16 Days of Activism to Prevent GBV

What is #16Days? November 25th, International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, until December 10th, International Human Rights Day are the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, an international campaign with over 5,167 participating organizations from more than 187 countries, with activities to raise awareness about GBV and advocate for elimination. CARE Country offices all over the world are commemorating 16 Days.  See how we are activists to end GBV.

What is CARE Doing? Preventing and responding to GBV is an integral part of CARE’s commitment to promoting gender equality and end poverty. In FY13, 61 CARE country offices implemented programming that address GBV in Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Latin American and the Caribbean, reaching more than 1 million people. CARE addresses GBV by integrating evidence-based strategies into programming areas such as education, health, economic development, and food security. Overall, 26% of CARE’s total projects in FY12 addressed GBV. Read the CARE International Impact Report to learn more about CARE’s response.  Check out CARE’s Blog for updates on what we are doing throughout 16 Days.

Raising Awareness

We base our advocacy and awareness raising on the evidence of GBV’s prevalence, the harms it causes, and solutions that work. We know GBV is based in power inequalities, and lack of alternatives for people.  We also know that it can be stopped.

Breaking the Silence

A key part of activism on GBV is learning to break the silence around violence. People need to know what GBV is and how to talk about it in order to be activists.

Reaching Across Religions

People of all faiths use religion as a reason to marry their children young, but no religion has ever sanctioned child marriage. Read about CARE's experiences of religion and Child Marriage

Working With Men and Boys

Men and boys are critically affected by GBV, both as survivors and as acting out rigid ideas of what it means to be a man.  These impacts reach beyond men and boys to families and communities.  We work with men and boys as champions and allies to end GBV.

Starting Young

The power inequalities the lead to GBV, and the social acceptance of violence start early in life.  We know that violence has important impacts on children and teenagers, and can influence their behavior as adults.  Working with young people to stop violence leads to a less violent future.

Campaigning for Change

Stopping GBV requires broad changes across society, so we aim to engage everybody. CARE Egypt has produced videos to air on Egyptian television as a part of it's "Say NO to violence against women" campaign.  CARE USA has petitions to support ending violence against women.

Supporting Activists

Activism at all levels is a critical component to ending gender-based violence, and channeling frustration into social change. See youth activists in the Balkans take action to end GBV.

Spanning Generations

We know that violence in childhood has a huge impact on experiencing violence as adults.  See what CARE is doing to stop the transmission of violence across generations.

Measuring GBV

The more we can measure GBV and the impact we have, the better we can make changes.  So CARE’s new Guidance for Gender Based Violence (GBV) Monitoring and Mitigation within Non-GBV Focused Sectoral Programming describes how to measure and stop GBV in all kinds of programs.

Stopping Child Marriage

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

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The Tipping Point

Digging Up The Roots To Replant The Future

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What Causes Child Marriage?

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Learning from the Tipping Point

What Has the Tipping Point Initiative Learned So Far?

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MAKE THE CONNECTION!

Child brides are at high risk of being abused by their husband. 

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Read This!

Learn about a CARE-supported clinic for survivors of violence in Burundi.

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What is #16Days? November 25th, International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, until December 10th, International Human Rights Day are the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, an international campaign with over 5,167 participating organizations from more than 187 countries, with activities to raise awareness about GBV and advocate for elimination. CARE Country offices all over the world are commemorating 16 Days.  See how we are activists to end GBV.

What is CARE Doing? Preventing and responding to GBV is an integral part of CARE’s commitment to promoting gender equality and end poverty. In FY13, 61 CARE country offices implemented programming that address GBV in Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Latin American and the Caribbean, reaching more than 1 million people. CARE addresses GBV by integrating evidence-based strategies into programming areas such as education, health, economic development, and food security. Overall, 26% of CARE’s total projects in FY12 addressed GBV. Read the CARE International Impact Report to learn more about CARE’s response.  Check out CARE’s Blog for updates on what we are doing throughout 16 Days.