16 Days of Action

by Anna Blanch on November 25, 2011

Did you know that today is:

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

It makes me sad that there’s a need to talk about violence against women. But, levels of education, religious adherence, wealth – none of this seems to make a difference to the reality that Violence against women needs to be talked about. And talked about and discussed it does.

Earlier this year a video was released on International Women’s Day featuring Daniel Craig as 007 and Dame Judi Dench reprising her role as ‘M’ – ( with thanks to Vicky Beeching for reminding me of it.):

Partly, because I think that violence comes in many forms and at their heart are attitudes that women are not as valuable or are not worthy of being treated well.  It are these same attitudes that result in girls being prevented from accessing education, and women being used as weapons in conflict, or as objects by which one asserts personal power in domestic relationships or in day to day interactions through derogative gestures or speech.

So, for the next 16 days, i’m turning over Goannatree to guest posts exploring many different perspectives, and dealing with violence against women domestically and internationally, within the church and within the broader community.

In one sense this about raising awareness of the issue of violence against women (#VAW) by using the voices that we have as writers, poets, bloggers, and scholars, to share stories, facts, to discuss, to reflect, to inspire.

The 2011 theme slogan is:

From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World.

Many of the guest posts will be responding to this theme.

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence is an international campaign originating from the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute sponsored by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership in 1991. Participants chose the dates November 25- International Day Against Violence Against Women– and December 10- International Human Rights Dayin order to symbolically link violence against women and human rights and to emphasize that such violence is a violation of human rights.

The 16 Days Campaign has been used as an organizing strategy by individuals and groups around the world to call for the elimination of all forms of violence against women by:

  • raising awareness about gender-based violence as a human rights issue at the local, national, regional and international levels
  • strengthening local work around violence against women
  • establishing a clear link between local and international work to end violence against women
  • providing a forum in which organizers can develop and share new and effective strategies
  • demonstrating the solidarity of women around the world organizing against violence against women
  • creating tools to pressure governments to implement promises made to eliminate violence against women
Over 3,700 organizations in approximately 164 countries have participated in the 16 Days Campaign since 1991!
So will you join with us? will you share your story? will you stand up and say that violence against women is not acceptable?

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