16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence

by | November 24, 2010
filed under Feminism



Tomorrow, November 25, marks the start of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence. The 16 days includes the following key dates, ending on International Human Rights Day to emphasize that violence against women is a human rights violation:




So what kinds of activism should you take on? There are a bunch of really easy things like tweeting and re-tweeting anti-violence messages under the #16days hashtag, but I’m skeptical about the impact this will have. There will also be a bunch of rallies, marches, and vigils. To find events in your area, check out Rutgers’ International Campaign Calendar.

I’m tired of just attending the same events year after year and acting like that’s enough. So I started thinking about other things I should be doing and I drew a blank. Then I realized it’s because the actions that really make a difference take a lot more than 16 days a year to accomplish. But there’s no time like the present to get started.

Here are some of the ideas I liked best when looking around at other websites for the 16 Days of Activism:

From the Pixel Project’s “10 Things Men Can Do to Stop Violence Against Women”:

From The YWCA’s Rose Campaign:

From the UN’s Say NO – UNite to End Violence Against Women Campaign:

From the Rutgers Campaign website:

I’ll leave it for now with this awareness video created as part of the Red Rose Campaign. And I’d love to hear your plans for the 16 Days of Activism and any other ideas you have, in the comments below.


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