The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign – 2014

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This update focuses on the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence campaign and highlights a selection of key relevant resources featured in the BRIDGE global resources database. 


December 2014
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The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is an international campaign that starts every year on 25 November, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and ends on 10 December, Human Rights Day. The campaign aims to raise awareness about gender-based violence as a human rights issue at the local, national, regional and international level. Organisers encourage community activists, NGOs, businesses and governments to join a local campaign or lead their own focusing on:

  • Increasing women's safety
  • Highlighting the nature and prevalence of violence against women
  • Raising awareness of violence against women as a human rights issue
  • Showing solidarity among women around the world
  • Promoting women's leadership
  • Lobbying government
  • Strengthening local work to tackle violence against women

This year’s theme is ”Let’s challenge militarism and end violence against women”. The campaign highlights three cross-cutting priority areas: 1) Violence Perpetrated by State Actors; 2) Proliferation of Small Arms in Cases of Intimate Partner Violence; and 3) Sexual Violence During and After Conflict.

In the lead up to, and during, this year’s campaign, participants highlighted the systemic nature of gender-based violence and militarism which encourages inequality and discrimination and prioritises weapons spending over funding for quality education and healthcare and safe public spaces. The culture of militarism builds on and protects systems of power by controlling dissent and using violence to settle economic, political and social disputes. Militarism draws on and perpetuates patriarchal models of political, economic, and social domination of people by a small number of elites and privileges violent masculinity as acceptable behaviour. The 16 Days Campaign focus on the intersections of gender-based violence and militarism is an effort to work toward a more equitable and peaceful world.

There is an official facebook page dedicated to this year’s campaign

The 16 days of activism campaign also aims to build momentum for next year’s 20th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action, at which global leaders committed to ending violence against women in all its forms. To know more:

Supporting Resources: 

Here is a selection of key resources related to this topic and featured in the BRIDGE global resources database. 

To find many others (including some French and Spanish resources) please visit the BRIDGE website at and type ‘16days2014’ into the search field.  

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign - Take Action Kit – 2014

This Take Action Kit gives women activists some tools to advocate for women’s human rights and against gender based violence and militarism

Stop Violence Against Girls in School. Success Stories

This report documents examples of best practice emerging from the Action Aid’s Stop Violence Against Girls in School project which was conducted in Ghana, Kenya and Mozambique from 2008 to 2013 with the objective of empowering girls to enjoy their right to education in a violence-free environment.

Gender and Militarism Analyzing the Links to Strategize for Peace

This Action Pack, produced by the Women Peacemakers program, contains 22 contributions from individuals and organisations questioning whether the “just add women and stir” approach in conflict resolution programmes really works.

Les violences de genre en milieu scolaire, obstacles au droit des filles et des garçons à l’éducation

Le rapport de PLAN met en lumière les multiples défis à relever et dévoile différentes méthodes d’intervention utilisées par l’ONG et ses partenaires pour lutter contre les violences de genre en milieu scolaire.

Gender Relations, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence and the Effects of Conflict on Women and Men in North Kivu, Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo

The International Men and Gender Equality Survey (IMAGES) was conducted in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in 2012 by Promundo and the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW). It is a comprehensive study on men’s practices and attitudes as they relate to gender equality - with a focus on the impact of conflict on the construction of masculinities and gender relations.

Recognising Women’s Participation in Sustainable and Lasting Peace

This report presents findings and recommendations from a two-year two--country project entitled “Cultural Politics of Peace and Conflict: strategising and capacity building for the Philippines and Indonesia”, June 2008-May 2010.

Violencia sexual en contra de las mujeres en el contexto del conflicto armado colombiano

Esta investigación es una primera encuesta de prevalencia sobre "Violencia sexual en contra de las mujeres en el contexto del conflicto armado colombiano 2001-2009", que se realizó en el marco de la campaña "Violaciones y otras violencias, saquen mi cuerpo de la guerra". La responsabilidad del diseño de la investigación y su realización fue de la ONG colombiana Casa de la Mujer.

In the news: 

BRIDGE storify

In BRIDGE we created a Storify which ran across the 16 days, updated daily, featuring the work of the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) teams, IDS partners, and others who are working towards ending gender-based violence.  The Storify features news articles, videos, blogs and resources. 


Global initiatives

Many organisations have planned initiatives linked to the campaign including: