The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, which commence on November 25th and conclude on December 10th, encompass significant dates that spotlight the urgency of addressing this issue.
November 25th: International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women: This day marks the beginning of the 16 Days of Activism serving as a reminder of the urgent need to address violence against women and girls. It commemorates the lives lost due to gender-based violence and urges us to recommit to ending this pervasive issue. This day serves as a stark reminder that violence against women is a violation of human rights and a manifestation of gender inequality. It calls for a collective effort to challenge and dismantle societal norms that perpetuate such violence. By shining a light on the issue, this day encourages open conversations and advocacy to ensure that women are free from all forms of violence.
The day’s significance lies not only in acknowledging the problem but also in taking steps towards solutions. It serves as a call to action to raise awareness about violence against women and girls. It sets the stage for a collective commitment to combating this pervasive issue
December 1st: World AIDS Day: Gender-based violence is deeply intertwined with health issues, including the spread of HIV/AIDS. This day underscores the importance of comprehensive care for survivors and emphasizes the need for access to quality healthcare.
December 3rd: International Day of Persons with Disabilities: Recognizing that gender-based violence affects all demographics, this day highlights the specific challenges faced by individuals with disabilities and emphasizes inclusive efforts to combat violence.
December 6th: Anniversary of the Montreal Massacre: This sombre day remembers the lives lost in the tragic massacre at École Polytechnique in Montreal, Canada, in 1989. It underscores the gender-based nature of violence and encourages efforts to prevent such atrocities in the future.
December 10th: Human Rights Day: The culmination of the 16 Days of Activism aligns with Human Rights Day, which emphasizes the importance of upholding the fundamental rights of every individual regardless of gender. It reminds us that gender-based violence is a violation of human rights that demands global attention.
By placing the fight against gender-based violence at the heart of Human Rights Day, we emphasize that gender equality is intrinsic to the broader human rights framework.
At the same time, this day celebrates the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (adopted in 1948), emphasizing the importance of equality, dignity, and freedom for all individuals. Human rights and gender-based violence are intrinsically linked; violence deprives individuals of their fundamental rights and dignity.