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16 Days against Sexual and Gender-Based Violence

The 16 Days Against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign that begins on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and ends on 10 December, Human Rights Day. This year, the World Council of Churches is highlighting the links between the household of God, and the fundamental need to make our homes safe and loving spaces.

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25 November - 10 December 2019

Where

Worldwide

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The 16 Days Against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign that begins on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and ends on 10 December, Human Rights Day.

This year, the World Council of Churches is highlighting the links between the household of God, and the fundamental need to make our homes safe and loving spaces. The WCC acknowledges that the impact and experience of sexual and gender-based violence can happen anywhere, and each of us – in our work, in our community, in our home – can speak and act against gender-based violence.

Under the theme, “From Our House to Yours: 16 Days against Sexual and Gender Based Violence”, the World Council of Churches staff in many different programmes will respond to the impact of sexual and gender-based violence in our contexts of work and ministry.  We will look at what can make all areas of “our house” and “your house” safe and positive: where we communicate with friends and families, grow, prepare and eat food, enjoy company, rest, work, pray and meditate, and manage our family life.

This is also an opportunity to emphasize the link between oikos (house) and oikoumene (the whole inhabited world. As Philip Potter, former WCC general secretary, stated, “The ecumenical movement (the oikoumene) is the means by which the churches that form the house, the oikos of God, are seeking to live and witness before all peoples.”

Follow our reflections on social media and join in the #16Days #FromOurHouseToYours!

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