The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign – 2015

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This BRIDGE Gender Update focuses on the 16-days of activism against gender-based violence campaign and highlights some key resources on the main thematic areas it focuses upon.

November 2015
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This special BRIDGE update highlights the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign, which runs annually from 25 November, the International Day Against Violence Against Women, until Human Rights Day on 10 December. This year it highlights the links between education, gender and militarism as ‘an encompassing patriarchal system of discrimination and inequality based on our relationships to power.’ Approximately half of the 58 million children of primary school age who do not have access to education live in conflict affected areas and girls and young women are the most negatively impacted.

What are the gendered impacts of militarism? How can we understand the role of sexual violence in conflict? What’s the role of women in peacebuilding? This collection of key readings includes practical guides, reports from civil society organisations, toolkits and academic research exploring issues of gender and militarism, including gender-based violence.

Throughout the 16 Days campaign, the Institute of Development Studies has been highlighting our work on sexual and gender-based violence, gender, education and militarism – as well as the work of our partners and friends around the world. Each day we have been be sharing something new – via this Storify – from academic research to blog posts and films.

Supporting Resources: 

The following is a selection of key resources related to the topics of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign, which have recently been added to the BRIDGE global resources database.  

You can search for more resources on the BRIDGE website, including French and Spanish ones.

Women Preventing Violent Extremism. Charting a New Course: Thought for Action Kit

This resource is intended to engage a discussion on key issues related to the role of women and preventing violent extremism. It is a collection of experts’ essays and exercises, designed to help guide activists and practitioners to engage in reflection and dialogue on violent extremism.

Promoting Women’s Participation in Peace Negotiations and Peace Processes

This report is the outcome of two international workshops entitled ‘Promoting women’s participation in peace negotiations and political processes after violent conflicts’.

Demilitarizing for Gender Equality - Excessive Global Military Spending vs. Funding Gaps for Women's Rights, Equality, Empowerment. You get what you pay for.

This short advocacy document from Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom calls for the reallocation of the enormous funds set aside for militarism as a means to enable the realisation of human rights, including gender equality.

Candid Voices from the Field: Obstacles to a Transformative Women, Peace & Security Agenda & to Women’s Meaningful Participation in Building Peace & Security

This research and action project was launched in the context of the 15th anniversary of UNSCR 1325, to discover the deep-rooted obstacles to women’s participation in peace and security efforts. Highlighting and reflecting the experiences and voices of the project partners, the project explores the specific work of participants, including their assessment of successes and challenges to their peace work.

Localising the Women, Peace and Security Agenda: a Toolkit for Leveraging UNSCR 1325's 15th Anniversary

The purpose of this toolkit is to provide information, guidance and tools for the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) sections and partners to strengthen their local action in leveraging the 15th anniversary of UNSCR resolution 1325 for concrete change.

United Nations Security Council - Conflict-related sexual violence Report of the Secretary-General

The report presents information on parties to conflict credibly suspected of committing or being responsible for acts of rape and other forms of sexual violence in the period from January to December 2014.

Policy Brief: Why Women as Peace Negotiators & Peace Builders?

Through this Policy Brief, the Afghan Women’s Network (AWN) highlights findings from a number of reports on women peace builders in Afghanistan and internationally, which clarify the vital importance and value of women in peace processes.
Girls walk home from school in Bangladesh
In the news: 

Sexual and Gender-based Violence (SGBV) Dialogues

During the 16 Days of Activism, the IDS team and its global partners working on engaging men and boys, collective action and addressing sexual and gender based violence, has created a one-off blog series ‘SGBV Dialogues’. The series zooms in on a select number of issues from our work, and offers the opportunity to openly talk about SGBV and the successes and challenges connected to addressing it. You can read and respond to the blogs here If you’re a Twitter user please help spread the word using #SGBVDialogues

New blog on the rights of refugee girls and boys

To mark Human Rights Day, BRIDGE convenor Jenny Birchall has written a blog about the rights of displaced and refugee girls and boys. You can read it here.

Conference on Justice, Wealth, Sex and Love – working with men and youth for equal rights, 9-10 Dec. Antigua, Guatemala

The main objective of the conference will be to provide tools for organisations in Latin America who intend to do strategic programmatic planning to work with men and boys for the promotion of equal rights. It also aims to strengthen links and alliances between agencies and civil society, and offer knowledge and good practice to bridge theory and action. The conference is organised by We Effect, Promundo, MenEngage and other civil society organisations and agencies. BRIDGE partners Sula Batsu have been part of the organising committee and will be participating and contributing as panellists. 
You can access more information (in Spanish) here 
The conference is live streamed here 

Why gender matters at the international climate talks

BRIDGE has published two articles to mark the COP21 climate negotiations in Paris, both drawing on the Gender and Climate Change Cutting Edge Pack. The first looks at why it is vital that those making decisions on climate change do not ignore gender and the other gives five ideas of what COP21 negotatiators could do for gender equality.