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16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence begin on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and end on Human Rights Day. Since 2015, a broad faith-based coalition advocates for the dignity of girls and women and highlights the crucial work that faith based actors are doing during these 16 Days, and every day, to eliminate gender based violence.

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When

25 November - 10 December 2017

Where

Worldwide

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The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence begin on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and end on 10 December, Human Rights Day. Since 2015, a broad faith-based coalition advocates for the dignity of girls and women and highlights the crucial work that faith based actors are doing during these 16 Days, and every day, to eliminate gender based violence.

Participating organizations:

Anglican Communion, Church of Sweden, Finn Church Aid, Islamic Relief Worldwide, Lutheran World Federation, Mission 21, World Communion of Reformed Churches, World Council of Churches, World YWCA.

In 2017, we have seen many women starting to speak out on their experience of sexual violence. In ecumenical circles, the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace has created a safe-enough space for such stories to be heard. In social media, the #MeToo campaign has shed light on the enormous scale of the problem – and men have taken responsibility through campaigns like #ipledge.

During this year's 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence, we invite our sisters and brothers in faith to affirm that every human being is precious in God's eyes – and that includes women and girls! Make a pledge by sharing your photo with the following message:

- Because we are precious in God's eyes, I encourage my faith community to protect, support and accompany survivors of rape and violence.

- Because we are precious in God's eyes, I will denounce trafficking of women and children.

- Because we are precious in God's eyes, I will not keep silent on sexual and gender-based violence.

- Because we are precious in God's eyes, I oppose harmful practices like female genital mutilation (FGM) and child marriage.

- Because we are precious in God's eyes, I will invest in education for girls

- Because we are precious in God's eyes, I will support women's and girls' quest for justice.

…or write your own pledge!

Please post your pledges in our Facebook event or other social media using the hashtag #16Days.

Join us in a growing global movement of women and men who lament violence against women and girls and show their solidarity and commitment to ending it by wearing black every Thursday. The Thursdays in Black and NoXcuses websites link to information and tools to help us. Watch out for updates and shared resources here and in our social media channels!