COVID-19 has given rise to heightened risks and vulnerabilities for women across the world, which have further exposed the deep structural inequalities that women face within their homes and communities including the alarming deficits in social protection. To contain the community transmission of the novel coronavirus, many governments have adopted stringent lockdown measures or issued orders to shelter-in-place, which are much needed public health measures but disregard the fact that home is not the safest place for a woman.

As coordinators of the Global 16 Days Campaign since its inception in 1991, we are concerned that these drastic and yet necessary public health measures, the likes of which we have never seen before in our nearly 30 years of campaigning, have led to a surge in incidents of domestic violence in nearly every country across the globe.

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About 16 Days

The Global 16 Days Campaign, launched by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) at its first Women’s Global Leadership Institute in 1991, has been used worldwide to call for the elimination of gender-based violence (GBV). It is run annually from November 25 (International Day Against Violence Against Women) to December 10 (International Human Rights Day). In 2018, a multi-year theme focusing on ending GBV and harassment in the world of work was announced by CWGL to coincide with the adoption of a historic new ILO Convention with the same focus.

Learn more about 16 Days here.

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Intimate Partner Violence and the World of Work

Violence against women is recognized as a human rights violation in international law, and as an obstacle to development and economic growth. However, there is a gap in understanding intimate partner violence (IPV) as a serious detriment to women in


16 Days Around The World

This interactive map features 16 Days events from around the world. If you would like us to promote your events and activities, please fill out an event submission form.