WLP's 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence.
Each year activists, youth, local and international organizations, and governmental officials committed to eliminating violence against women participate in the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence. This annual campaign commences on November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and lasts through December 10, International Human Rights Day.
As part of WLP’s 2012 campaign activities, we held the online premieres of our Arabic, French, and Spanish subtitled-editions of the documentary, From Fear to Freedom: Ending Violence Against Women. In WLP’s film, released in 2012, leading experts and activists from across the globe discuss the root causes of gender-based violence (GBV), share strategies to combat it, and provide inspiring accounts of the important milestones already achieved through the international women’s movement.
During 16 Days we also circulated WLP’s official statement to the 57th Commission on the Status of Women, which will be in session in New York, March 4-15, 2013, and whose theme this year is eliminating violence against women. The statement, posted in English and Arabic, highlights the increased threats to women’s security and ability to realize their full human rights, resulting from the rise of regressive and extremist groups, which have been newly empowered in the wake of political transitions in the Arab region and beyond.
Additionally, across the globe WLP engaged in a variety of public activities and lobbying efforts to fight violence against women and women’s unequal position in society, which is at the root of GBV. For example, WLP Nigeria/BAOBAB held workshops on leadership to combat GBV and gender-sensitization for boys from several schools in Lagos, and also held a men’s march against GBV. WLP Lebanon/CRTD-A made significant headway in their lobbying efforts to achieve equal citizenship for Lebanese women, thereby advancing the concept that the government has a responsibility to serve and ensure the security of Lebanese women on an equal footing with men. WLP Jordan/SIGI-J held street theater productions in several malls in Amman to draw attention to GBV. Then, on Saturday, December 8, 2012, WLP Morocco/ADFM, along with the Equality Without Reservation Campaign and other women’s rights activists in Morocco, took to the streets to call attention to victims of GBV and demand government reform of the country’s discriminatory penal code. Women, men, and youth formed a "Human chain in solidarity with female victims of violence & discrimination" and marched from Rabat's Ministry of Justice to the parliament building. Throughout the 16 Days, WLP also drew attention to the need to fight GBV through social media, including our Twitter and Facebook pages.
Click here to learn more about WLP's other efforts to fight violence against women.
Below image from WLP Morocco/ADFM "Human chain in solidarity with female victims of violence & discrimination," Saturday, December 8, 2012, Rabat. Click here for more pictures.