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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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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

UN Women has a new action pack called Generation Equality. It's worth checking out the resources, articles, and videos they are sharing.

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. #16DaysCampaign

November 27: Get active on social media! #16DaysCampaign has great graphics that you can share. Go to:

November 28:

Watch our latest webinar Gender-Based Violence in the Fields: The Vulnerability of Farm Workers to Sexual Harassment and Abuse. Thanks to the presenters: Monica Ramirez, Justice for Migrant Women; Leticia Zavala, Farm Labor Organizing Committee; Rev. Julie Taylor, National Farm Worker Ministry

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 statement from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

November 30:

Watch this short video by Rev. Dr. Marie Fortune on why faith matters in addressing gender-based violence. What can your community do to support survivors and work towards cultural change?
December 1:

Clergy abuse is an issue that every spiritual community must address. Watch our webinar A Conversation on Clergy Abuse with Rev. James Evinger and Mary Dispenza, advocates who have worked for decades to bring justice and transparency to religious communities.

December 2:

Research Resources! Visit the websites for your state coalition and local domestic violence and sexual assault centers. They often create wonderful educational and outreach materials that you can share with your friends, family, and religious community. To find your state sexual violence coalition, visit the National Sexual Violence Resource Center Organizational Directory. Your state's domestic violence coalition can be found at the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

December 3:

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. Consider a donation to FaithTrust Institute...

December 4:

Read Rev. Dr. Marie Fortune's recent article on clergy abuse and institutional responses to harm done to victims. Share it with your spiritual community to start, or continue, a conversation about clergy/teacher abuse--both prevention and response.

December 5:

Watch The Cycle, a music video by Caydo, an artist from South Africa. His mother, Elizabeth Petersen, founded SAFFI and has done tremendous work to educate faith communities about gender-based violence. The song is an initiative of the Healing Project collaboration between SAFFI and

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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?


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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