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16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Each day from November 25 until December 10, FaithTrust Institute will highlight different aspects and ideas for addressing gender-based violence. These will include videos of colleagues and trainers discussing their work, webinars to further your education, meditations and prayers, and artwork to inspire.

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"I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept." - Angela Davis

16 Days of Activism to Address Gender-Based Violence

Each day from November 25 until December 10, FaithTrust Institute will highlight different aspects and ideas for addressing gender-based violence. We hope these will inspire, educate, and spark you and your faith community to action. Please come back each day to see the latest offering.

November 25:

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International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Follow UN Women on Facebook to learn about the global movement to end violence against women:

November 26:

This year's theme is Gender-Based Violence in the World of Work. Download the 16 Days Toolkit for educational information and social media images to share. #16Days

November 27:

Today is #GivingTuesday, a global movement to focus on giving during the holiday season. Make a contribution to an organization working to protect people from violence and abuse; and/or use your voice to amplify the message of safety & respect for all.

November 28:

How does the focus on abstinence, virginity, and purity impact young people? Watch our webinar to learn more--including the ways these issues can re-traumatize surviors of sexual abuse.

How Faith Communities Talk About Abstinence & Virginity Impacts Teens

November 29: Action: Call Congress about Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act! VAWA is vital to the safety of victims, survivors, and their communities and Congress needs to authorize funding and support for critical services. For more information, read this blog from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

November 30:

Advocacy and activism can take its toll. Listen to a conversation about Trauma Stewardship, one of favorite resources for those helping those who are suffering. For additional resources, visit our book club webpage.
December 1:

Why does faith matter? Watch a video of Rev. Dr. Marie Fortune on why faith communities are essential for ending gender-based violence.

December 2:

Speak out in your faith community! Let everyone know that your church/temple/mosque/sangha will not tolerate abuse. Visit our Liturgy Resources page for inspiration. If you have resources you'd like to share with others, please let us know.

December 3:

Sexual abuse and harassment within our faith communities is a reality. Watch the recording of #ChurchToo: Let's Talk About Change. Also, visit our #MeToo/#ChurchToo webpage which contains additional resources

December 4:

Today is a good day to recognize the people who are working to change the world--the activists, advocates, and leaders. Send a message--email, phone call, social media post, tweet--thanking them for their work and recognizing them for being a force for justice. #16Days is about uniting with others world-wide to create change. None of us do this alone!

December 5:

Teaching about consent is the way to grow healthy relationships—for kids, teens and adults. Watch Rev. Kathy Reid's webinar Consent Conversations: A Key to Creating Healthy Relationships. Talk with the young people in your life about the importance of saying, and respecting, no.

December 6: The World Council of Churches has created a toolkit: Thursdays in Black for Congregations. Thursdays in Black is an international movement to raise awareness about gender-based violence. Follow #ThursdaysinBlack for updates on social media.
December 7:

Restored, an organization in the United Kingdom, has developed a resource toolkit for faith communities to address gender-based violence. Share this resource with your faith community!

December 8:

Watch Parents Explain #MeToo and get inspired to have conversations about sexual violence and abuse with the young people in your life.

December 9:

Hear the stories of women from around the world by visiting the #HearMeToo website on the UN Women website.

December 10:


International Human Rights Day

It's been a year filled with the stories from survivors, bringing to light what our culture has repressed, hidden, and shamed. On this day, which celebrates the "inherent dignity and...the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family," how do we move from activism to accountability?

Watch The Parliament of the World's Religions Women's Assembly where the International Declaration by Religious and Spiritual Leaders and Advocates to End Sexual Violence was launched in November. Sign on here and invite others!

Here are other ways to get involved:

  1. November 25 is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Visit the United Nations website for more information.
  2. Take time during the holiday season to remember victims of gender based violence and to celebrate the survivors in our communities.
  3. Learn more about the 16 Days Campaign from the Center for Women's Global Leadership at Rutgers.
  4. Visit our YouTube channel to watch inspiring videos from past 16 Days campaigns!
  5. Download and share an article with your religious community, such as
    "What the Faith Communities Can Do to Respond to Domestic Violence" (PDF)
  6. Read about common religious roadblocks and resources and the importance of a supportive faith community. "A Commentary on Religion and Domestic Violence"
  7. Preview excerpts from FaithTrust Institute's DVD programs addressing domestic violence in Jewish, Muslim, and Christian families.
  8. Download and share this article with your community: "What Individuals Can Do to Respond to Domestic and Sexual Violence."
  9. Sign the National Declaration by Religious and Spiritual Leaders to Address Violence Against Women.
  10. Human Rights Day is December 10 and the 16 Days of Activism purposefully links women's rights and human rights. Take a few moments to read the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, one of the most aspirational international documents ever created.

16 DaysAbout the 16 Days Global Campaign

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence is a global campaign dedicated to ending gender-based violence. The Center for Women’s Global Leadership is the global coordinator. The start and end dates of the Campaign are November 25, International Day for the Elimination of Gender-Based Violence, and December 10, Human Rights Day. These dates were chosen to emphasize that gender-based violence is a violation of human rights. 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.

The Campaign is successful because of the activism of millions of women and tens of thousands of organizations worldwide, who are committed to ending gender-based violence.

The 16 Days Campaign calls individuals and groups around the world to eliminate all forms of violence against women by:

  • raising awareness about gender-based violence as a human rights issue at the local, national,regional and international levels
  • strengthening local work around violence against women
  • establishing a clear link between local and international work to end violence against women
  • providing a forum in which organizers can develop and share new and effective strategies
  • demonstrating the solidarity of women around the world organizing against violence against women
  • creating tools to pressure governments to implement promises made to eliminate violence against women

To learn more about the global campaign, CLICK HERE.


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