16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence


The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence is a global campaign dedicated to ending gender-based violence. It begins on November 25th, International Day for the Elimination of Gender-Based Violence, and ends on December 10th, Human Rights Day. The campaign was created in 1991 during the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute coordinated by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership.

These days, and the days in between, serve as a link between violence against women and human rights. Groups around the world work during this time, and throughout the year, 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 efforts 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 to prevent and end violence against women.
  • creating tools to pressure governments to implement promises made to eliminate violence against women.

The Campaign is successful because of the activism of millions of women and tens of thousands of organizations worldwide, who are committed to ending gender-based violence.

Our Zonta International United Nations Chairman Mary Ann Tarantula explains our support of this world-wide call to action.

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