16 Days of Activism
16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an international campaign, aimed at ending violence towards women and girls.
About 16 Days
The annual campaign begins on 25 November, which is International Day of the Elimination of Violence Against Women. It finishes on Human Rights Day, 10 December. Orange is the official colour of 16 Days. Each year WAGGGS runs its own campaign to raise awareness. Scroll down to read more.
Our 2018 campaign
In 2017 we asked girls to show us the most unsafe places and spaces for them. A U-Report poll told us that out of 7000 respondents 70 per cent of girls considered streets the most unsafe place in their community. Over 400 girls drew pictures showing us the places and spaces that are the most unsafe with 51 per cent drawing the streets as the most unsafe place for girls. This year we are asking girls to help change the story.
Street harassment is part of daily life of girls and women
This reality reduces girls’ and young women’s freedom of movement, their ability to attend school, participate in recreational activities, sports and public life. While gender-based violence broadly is now widely recognised as a pervasive problem and is high on the global agenda, street harassment remains a largely neglected issue. Only a few countries having adopted legislation or policies to prevent and punish it. Public safety for women and girls is also often treated as an infrastructure problem. This ignores gender inequality and harmful social norms. Without tackling these, violence against girls and women will continue.
Previous WAGGGS Campaigns
- 2017: #GirlsAreUnsafe identified where girls felt the most unsafe by asking them to draw these places.
- 2016: #16 Ways in #16Days shared stories and small personal steps everyone can take.
- 2015: For Girls are valuable we asked girls to make noise about how girls aren’t valued.
- 2014: For 16 Days. 16 Voices. we delivered a Stop the Violence Facilitators Training.
- 2013: Bust the Myths: 16 Myths for 16 Days, showcased a harmful belief or myth on along with the reality.
- 2012: From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Creating Safe Spaces asked groups to identify a space to make free from violence.