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.


15 February 2023, Geneva, Switzerland: A 'Waterfall of Solidarity and Resistance', an exhibition produced by the World Council of Churches as part of the Thursdays in Black campaign for a world without rape and violence – mounted at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva.


This year marks the 75th anniversary of both the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This year is also the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the WCC’s Women in Church and Society programme, the precursor of today’s Just Community of Women and Men.

Despite the many and varied interventions each year to end sexual and gender-based violence, inequalities persist, necessitating continued recognition of the 16 days and the root causes of gender inequality and violence. 

During the 16 days there are other major international observances which all include a gender component, including International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare, World AIDS Day, International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, International Day of Persons with Disabilities, and World Soil Day.

Working with member churches and ecumenical partners, the WCC will highlight Ecumenical Action and Advocacy Together for Gender Justice during this year’s 16 days.

Events include:

Nov. 25 Trailblazers of our Times: Resilience and Elimination of Gender-Based Violence (Webinar in collaboration with National Council of Churches of India), 17:30 IST 13:00 CET. Register here.

Nov. 30 Launch of the publication, Waterfall of Solidarity and Resistance - Sharing the Stories

Dec. 4 Webinar on Decolonizing Beauty: Mission, Gender, Racism and Health in the Skin-Whitening Pandemic 

Dec. 8 'Weaponizing Women in War' Hybrid Event

Just Community of Women and Men

Thursdays in Black


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