The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence 2023 is an annual international campaign that kicks off on 25th November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs until 10th December, Human Rights Day. Globally, an estimated 736 million women – almost one in three – have been subjected to physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence, non-partner sexual violence, or both at least once in their life. This campaign is a powerful platform for raising awareness and taking action to combat gender-based violence, a pervasive and deeply entrenched issue that affects people of all genders and age groups.
During the 16 days, individuals, organisations , and activists worldwide come together to organise events, workshops, marches, and social media campaigns to promote gender equality, challenge societal norms that perpetuate violence, and support survivors. It serves as a call to action, encouraging governments, communities, and individuals to engage in proactive measures to prevent and respond to gender-based violence.
What Can You Do For These 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence 2023?
Getting involved in the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence 2023 campaign is of paramount importance. The global initiative encourages individuals and communities to unite in a collective effort to challenge stereotypes, empower survivors, and drive policy changes. By participating in this campaign, we not only lend our voices to the fight against this pervasive issue but also contribute to a more equitable world where everyone, regardless of their gender, can live free from violence and discrimination.
Educating yourself about gender-based violence is a crucial step in creating a more equitable and safer society. By taking the initiative to learn about the various forms of gender-based violence, their impact, and the root causes, you become better equipped to recognise and challenge these harmful behaviours in your own life and within your community.
Raising awareness about gender-based violence is a powerful way to drive change and inspire collective action. When you use your voice, social media, or other platforms to bring attention to the issue, you create a ripple effect that can influence perceptions and attitudes. Sharing information, statistics, stories, and resources related to gender-based violence not only fosters empathy and understanding but also encourages open dialogue.
Host or Attend Workshops and Events
Hosting or attending workshops and events during the “16 Days” is an impactful way to deepen your knowledge and engage in meaningful conversations surrounding this critical issue. Workshops often provide practical insights and tools for addressing gender-based violence, while events can serve as platforms for networking, sharing experiences, and mobilising for change.
Fundraising for organisations and initiatives combating gender-based violence is a concrete and impactful way to contribute during the ’16 Days of Activism’. By organising or participating in fundraising events, you can directly support the critical work of shelters, crisis centres, and advocacy groups that provide assistance and resources to survivors. Whether it’s a charity run, a donation drive, or a virtual fundraiser, your efforts can help these organisations continue their vital work in prevention, support, and advocacy.
Gender-Based Violence in the Workplace
Gender-based violence in the workplace is a distressing and widespread issue that affects individuals of all genders. It encompasses a range of behaviours such as sexual harassment, discrimination, verbal abuse, physical violence, and coercion based on a person’s gender or sex. Globally, the World Risk Poll finds that nearly 11 per cent of female workers have experienced workplace violence and harassment, similar levels to men (12 per cent). This type of violence can occur in various work settings, from offices to factories, and can have severe and long-lasting effects on the victims physical and mental health, as well as their career prospects.
The workplace should be a safe and inclusive environment, but gender-based violence not only threatens the wellbeing and dignity of employees, but it also undermines productivity and the overall work culture. It’s crucial for employers to adopt comprehensive anti-discrimination and anti-harassment policies, provide employee training, and establish clear reporting mechanisms to address instances of gender-based violence.
By creating a work environment that prioritises respect, equality, and accountability, employers can help combat gender-based violence in the workplace and foster a culture where all employees feel valued and protected. It is not just a moral imperative but also a legal requirement in many countries to address and prevent gender-based violence at work, making it essential for business to take proactive measures to ensure a safe and equitable work environment.
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