“The 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence” is an international campaign originating from the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute sponsored by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership in 1991. Participants chose the dates November 25- International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women- and December 10- International Human Rights Day- in order to symbolically link violence against women and human beings, and to emphasise that such violence is a violation of human rights.
The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence is a time to stress the need to end violence against women and girls around the globe. The year 2015 marks not only the 24th year of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign but also the 20-year anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. Initiated in 1991, the Campaign has brought attention to issues of racism, sexism, cultures of violence and called for the implementation of human rights obligations, including the right to health and reproductive rights, and end to militarism and gender-based violence, among others.
For the year 2015, the 16 Days Campaign focuses specifically on the ‘relationship between militarism and the right to education in situations of violent conflict, in relative peace, and variety of education settings, while continuing to make the links with militarism, as an encompassing patriarchal system of discrimination and inequality based on our relationships to power’.
Community Appraisal and Motivation Programme joins hands with other organisations, policy makers, governments, UN agencies and individuals from all over the world in marking 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence. Promoting and advocating for human rights, particularly women’s rights, has been part of CAMP’s core programming and a cross-cutting theme in all our work. CAMP has highlighted issues related to women trafficking, honour crimes, women’s lack of access to justice, women’s health and education through its research, advocacy, and capacity building programmes.
CAMP’s recent report titled “Women and the FATA conflict: Unfulfilled promises” is in line with this year’s theme of 16 Days of Activism. The report not only highlights the plight of women displaced by conflict in FATA but also talks about their dreams for the future, including their right to education. CAMP will continue to advocate for upholding and protecting women’s rights – their right to gender equality, right to education, and their right to work with dignity in a safe and protected environment.