By Jackie Hansen, Major Campaigns and Women’s Rights Campaigner
Since 1991, women’s rights activists from around the world have come together for 16 days in November and December to raise awareness about gender-based violence, show solidarity with fellow activists around the world, and take action!
What is gender-based violence?
Gender-based violence is violence directed at a person because of their gender. Due to the disproportionate number of women and girls who face domestic violence, sexual abuse, rape, sexual harassment, trafficking, forced prostitution, and harmful practices, ‘16 days’ focuses on women and girls.
Why 16 days?
The activist calendar is packed with significant dates related to gender-based violence in the 16 days from November 25th to December 10th.