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.
The Global 16 Days Campaign works toward the elimination of GBV by drawing attention to the persistence of GBV worldwide and the binding legal obligation of states to end it. It aims to increase awareness of GBV, ensure prevention, and demand accountability for ending gender-based violence and discrimination in all spheres. The campaign is underpinned by feminist values, human rights principles and the belief that a world without violence is possible.
Over 6000+ organizations in more than 185 countries have participated in the Global 16 Days Campaign since 1991, with over a reach of 300 million. It has been used effectively by a variety of actors working to advance women’s human rights and social justice including, grassroots women’s organizations, non-governmental organizations (national, regional and international), UN agencies and governments, to raise awareness, mobilize constituents, demand accountability and showcase progress on eliminating GBV.
The Global 16 Days Campaign links local and global activism to amplify feminist voices and secure accountability for women’s human rights by bridging movements. In 2018, CWGL launched a new digital platform, www.16dayscampaign.org, to strengthen the activism of campaigners worldwide.