16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence
The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence originated from a petition that was circulated during the 1991 United Nations World Conference on Human Rights.
This petition called on the conference committee to comprehensively address women’s human rights, and recognise gender-based violence as a human rights issue. Almost three decades on, the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is a widely recognised global campaign that signifies action towards ending violence against women and girls around the world.
The 16 Days Campaign begins on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (25 November) and ends on International Human Rights Day (10 December). The dates for the campaign were chosen to link violence against women and human rights.
During this time, organisations and individuals from around the world raise awareness about women’s rights being human rights, and that violence against women is a fundamental violation of those human rights.
Respect Victoria’s “Respect Women: Call It Out” campaign seeks to align with the timing of 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence as recognition that this is an important period of the year to be actively focusing on violence against women. More details on the activist origins of the 16 Days of Activism can be found here.