The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence against women is an international campaign originating from the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute. “16 Days,” as it has become known, was launched and continues to be coordinated by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership.
The dates for the campaign were chosen to link violence against women and human rights and emphasize that gender-based violence against women is a violation of human rights: since 1991, the campaign has been active between November 25, the International Day Against Violence Against Women, and December 10, International Human Rights Day.
This 16-day period also highlights other significant dates including November 29, International Women Human Rights Defenders Day; December 1, World AIDS Day; and December 6, which marks the Anniversary of the Montreal Massacre.
At Humber & Guelph-Humber, we recognize that gender-based violence (GBV) can affect everyone; however, some populations experience disproportionate levels of violence, including: women, Indigenous women, LGBT2SQ+ folks, women with disabilities, and racialized women. GBV can be physical, but also includes other efforts or actions to harm another person based on their gender, gender expression, gender identity, or perceived gender.