16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM & 16 WAYS TO GET INVOLVED
First established by the United Nations, 16 Days of Activism is an annual International campaign that kicks-off on November 25th – the International Day to End Violence Against Women.
Over the 16 days, the UN is asking governments, institutions and citizens to show how much the world cares about ending gender-based violence. Led by civil society groups around the world, the campaign is supported by this year’s UN through the Secretary General’s initiative, UNITE by 2030 to End Violence Against Women.
WE ALL HAVE THE POWER TO CHANGE
We all need to play a part in ending gender-based violence, but it can be daunting to consider your own role, or even how to have a role at all. Change can be slow, and it can often feel as though progress is not being made, or – worse yet – that things are only getting worse.
Violence is a tough topic to take on. It’s one we don’t like to talk about. It’s one that we see on the news, but lives in the shadows of our society in an even bigger way. So, how can you help shine a light? How can you bring light to the women and children affected by violence? How can we create a brighter future, and a better world for us all and the generations to come?
It starts with 16 ways…
- Know what gender-based violence is.
- Understand the history.
- Be more alert.
- Challenge social stereotypes.
- Believe and see survivors.
- End disrespect.
- Recognize flags and triggers.
- Learn what supports exist.
- Engage men and boys.
- Continue your own education.
- Have the hard conversations.
- Normalize open feelings.
- Connect with others.
- Act and advocate.
As a multi-service organzation dedicated to supporting the women and children affected by violence and poverty in our community every day, we also strive to advocate for the rights of women and children, and work to end the cycle and plan for a better future at the same time.
JOIN THE CONVERSATION
Until December 25th, you can download our 16 Days – 16 Ways Guidebook HERE to learn more about the list, and to get some great resources and ideas for your own consideration and involvement. No matter what you have to offer, there’s something for everyone when it comes to creating change.
READY TO GET STARTED?
Download our Activity Planner HERE below, and get going with your own ideas and planning! You’ll find a handy sample calendar, as well as a blank planner – perfect for your own work to share with coworkers, teammates, group members and beyond. It take a village; you can’t do this alone. Not to mention it’s way more fun with friends!