In 2021, the Global 16 Days Campaign began celebrating its 30th anniversary. 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, the Campaign has launched a new multi-year them focused on “ending femicide.” We marked Human Rights Day (Dec 10) by launching a petition to declare an International Day to End Femicide as a part of the continuing advocacy and the commemoration of 30 Years of Activism.
In addition to the anniversary theme, the Campaign is continuing its program activities on the multi-year theme adopted since 2018 of ending gender-based violence (GBV) in the world of work. In 2021, we focused on the link between domestic violence and the world of work, drawing on legal standards outlined in ILO Convention 190 (C190) and the actions and good practices put forward in Recommendation 206 (R206). The Campaign and CWGL will continue to advocate for C190 this year.
Let’s continue our efforts all year round from 16 to 365 days of activism to advance the human rights of women. Take action by pitching articles about combating GBV to your local newspaper, writing to your government to take action, or using our Action Menu for ways to mobilize in your community. A world without violence is possible and this moment demands unparalleled courage and joint action to make this vision a reality.