2021 marks the 30th anniversary of the Global 16 Days Campaign. Inspired by the original vision and history of the Campaign, which focused on raising awareness about violence against women (VAW), and considering the continuing impunity for femicide, this year the Campaign will focus on the issue of “femicide or the gender-related killing of women.”

In 2021, in addition to the anniversary theme, the Campaign will continue its program activities to end gender-based violence (GBV) in the world of work by focusing on the link between domestic violence and the world of work, drawing on legal standards outlined in ILO Convention 190 (C190) and the actions put forward in Recommendation 206 (R206).

COVID-19 has presented us with new challenges which call for individual and collective solutions. Let’s continue our efforts all year round from 16 to 365 days of activism, to advance the human rights of women. A world without violence is possible and this moment demands unparalleled courage and joint action to make this vision a reality. More information, including about upcoming events, and advocacy materials as well as opportunities to contribute to the anniversary celebrations will be disseminated by the Campaign soon. Stay tuned! Read more.

About the Global 16 Days Campaign

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.

In 2020, the Campaign increased its efforts to amplify the voices of women workers in the informal economy while continuing to call for the ratification of ILO Convention 190 and to end all forms of GBV in private and public spaces. In 2021, the Campaign will focus on Domestic Violence in the world of work.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Global 16 Days Campaign. To commemorate the anniversary, the Campaign will have an additional special theme focusing on femicide. Stay tuned for more information!

Learn more about the Global 16 Days Campaign and its areas of work here.

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Opinion – Femicide is a Worker Rights Issue

By Cassandra Waters, Senior Gender Specialist, Solidarity Center About the Author Cassandra Waters is the Senior Gender Specialist at the Solidarity Center, the largest U.S.-based international worker rights organization partnering directly with workers and their unions, where she supports organizing

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