16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign that kicks off on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs until 10 December, Human Rights Day. It was started by activists at the inaugural Women’s Global Leadership Institute in 1991 and continues to be coordinated each year by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership. It is used as an organizing strategy by individuals and organizations around the world to call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls.

Medical Doctors For Choice (MDFC) with other grassroots organizations joined the campaign. As 2021 marks the 30th anniversary of the Global 16 Days Campaign, MDFC organized an online campaign to raise awareness about violence against women and called for action to end Gender-Based Violence. The MDFC campaign kicked off on 14th December with an aim to remind the world that even if the  #16days of activism have left us with a significant lesson. That However, the Journey to fighting against GBV continues. We emphasized the fact that we need a world with Zero GBV. PERIOD. The MDFC campaign was joined by Medical Doctors In Rwanda and Medical students, They shared messages on GBV and their thoughts to end it.

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The global theme for this year’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, which will run from 25 November to 10 December 2021, is “Orange the world: End violence against women now!”