Activist Origins of the 16 Days Campaign
In 1991, the Center for Women’s Global Leadership at Rutgers University in the US convened the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute (WGLI). The 23 participants came from different countries in all of the world’s regions and were drawn from a variety of fields - lawyers, policymakers, teachers, health care workers, researchers, journalists, and activists.
As one strategy to build awareness about gender-based violence and facilitate networking among women leaders working in this area, the WGLI participants established the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign, choosing to symbolically link November 25th (International Day Against Violence Against Women) and December 10th (International Human Rights Day).
Since 1991, more than 5,167 organizations in 187 countries have organized around the 16 Days Campaign, and the issue of gender-based violence has garnered a significant amount of international attention.
More information on the global campaign can be found here. WIIS-Canada, alongside a Steering Committee is leading the Canadian programming of this global campaign.
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