16 Days: Safe Spaces - Day 1

25 November 2012

Today is the International Day of the Elimination of Violence against Women. From the 25 November to the 10 December, organizations and advocacy groups will be taking action to stop the violence.


This is not just a women's issue, this is a responsibility for all of us. This violence is an outrage and it must be stopped. Time has run out for complacency or excuses. Let us show the will, the determination and let us mobilise greater resources to end what is a scourge of humanity, violence against women.

Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director of UN Women


To mark these 16 Days against violence, WAGGGS has called on Girl Guides and Girl Scouts to create safe spaces. We want to identify and transform unsafe spaces in communities, to spaces where no girls will experience violence or the fear of violence. WAGGGS has produced resources to help you to take this action.

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During 16 Days, we need your support to help reach people across the world and to spread our messages to stop the violence. Rachel Singleton-Polster form Canada has developed a 16 Days Social Media toolkit to help all Girl Guides and Girl Scouts to use social media platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter, to act as a collective unit to create safe spaces.

Follow the Stop the Violence’s Facebook page and Twitter account to spread our messages.

WAGGGS challenges you to get #safespaces trending during 16 Days.

25 November  - Social media

Facebook posts 

Add your voice to the millions of girls and women speaking out and making safe spaces! Tell the world what you’ll do during the 16 Days of Activism!

I am speaking out to end violence against girls for the 16 Days of Activism. What are you doing to make the world a safe place free of violence for girls?


Taking a stand to end #violenceagainstgirls! Make #safespaces free from violence @addyourvoice @wagggs_world #16days

Today is the International Day to Eliminate #VAW & girls! Speak out for #safespaces @addyourvoice @wagggs_world #16days