The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an international campaign which takes place each year and runs from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day. It was originated by activists at the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute in 1991 and is coordinated each year by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership. It is used as an organizing strategy by individuals and organizations around the world to call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls.
This year’s global campaign theme “Leave No One Behind: End Violence against Women and Girls”, reinforces the UNiTE Campaign’s and Women’s Crisis Centre’s commitment to a world free from violence for all women and girls around the world, while reaching the most underserved and marginalized, including refugees, migrants, minorities, indigenous peoples, and populations affected by conflict and natural disasters, amongst others, first.
“Leave No One Behind: End Violence against Women and Girls” celebrates the unifying nature of one of the essential principles of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, while underscoring the world’s endeavor to “reach the furthest behind first”.
In 2015, all 193 Member States of the United Nations adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Through its 17 goals, the Agenda 2030 calls for global action over the next 15 years to address the three dimensions of sustainable development: economic, social, and environmental. All the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are fully integrated with one another; thus, they cannot be approached in isolation.
Sustainable Development Goal 5 recognizes gender equality and the empowerment of women as a key priority pledging that “no one will be left behind.” Building on this vision throughout 2017, the UNiTE campaign is marking all Orange Days – 25th of every month, a day to raise awareness and take action to end violence against women – under the overarching theme “Leave No One Behind: End Violence against Women and Girls” to underscore the importance of reaching the most underserved.
Take a stand and say “No, to violence against women and girls.”
Culled from UN Women