Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread violations of human rights. It can include physical, sexual, psychological and economic abuse, and it cuts across boundaries of age, race, culture, wealth and geography. It takes place in the home, on the streets, in schools, the workplace, in farm fields, refugee camps, during conflicts and crises. It has many manifestations — from the most universally prevalent forms of domestic and sexual violence, to harmful practices, abuse during pregnancy, so-called honour killings and other types of femicide.
The 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence is an international campaign that takes place from 25 November (International Day against VAWG) to 10 December (International Human Rights Day) and symbolically links violence against women with human rights. A statement which emphasizes that Violence against Women and Girls is a violation of human rights. The 16 Days Campaign has been used as an organizing strategy by individuals and groups around the world to call for the elimination of all forms of violence against women and girls.
With the main objective of raising awareness on the issue of Gender Based Violence (GBV), UNIFEM BiH (part of UN Women) supported design and production of a 16 Day eBook. Each day during the 16 day Campaign (from the 25th November until the 10th of December), one picture or video accompanied with relevant text will be published using different social networks.
At the end of the campaign, pictures, texts and statistics on GBV will be compiled into 16 Day eBook publication and everyone will be able to download the document from the web pages of social networks, Facebook and Twitter, and our official campaign website at www.16dana.ba
Themes covered by 2010 campaign
- Day 1 – November 25th – International day of Elimination of Violence against Women
- Day 2 – What different people say about violence against women?
- Day 3 – What types of violence are there and how to recognize them?
- Day 4 – What About Justice System?
- Day 5 – UNSC Resolution 1325
- Day 6 – Available Services
- Day 7 – Sex Workers
- Day 8 – Roma Women
- Day 9 – Mother and Child
- Day 10 – Gender Equality
- Day 11 – The Role of Youth
- Day 12 – Men
- Day 13 – S.O.S. Phone Lines
- Day 14 – Verbal Abuse
- Day 15 – Celebrities
- Day 16 – Conclusion