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Celebrate 16 Days of Activism

Say “No” to Violence Against Women

“Violence against women is perhaps the most shameful human rights violation. And it is perhaps the most pervasive. It knows no boundaries of geography, culture or wealth. As long as it continues, we cannot claim to be making real progress towards equality, development, and peace.” - Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of the United Nations

Worldwide, 1 in 3 women are the victims of gender violence. Each year United Methodist Women has joined the Center of Global Women’s Leadership (CGWL) in their 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign

The campaign links November 25, (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) to December 10, (Human Rights Day), emphasizing that violence against women is a human rights issue.

You can get involved in the 16 Days campaign. Since its inception, over 4,100 organizations in approximately 172 countries have participated. Read about the goals of the campaign.

Campaign Focus

The focus for this year’s 16 Days Campaign is From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Let’s Challenge Militarism and End Violence Against Women!

This year the focus is on three key areas related to militarism:

  • Violence by State Actors
  • Domestic Violence and the Role of Small Arms
  • Sexual Violence during/after Conflict

Get Involved

These are all terrible affronts to human dignity and women’s rights. But violence against women can be stopped. You can get involved with the 16 Days Campaign. Here are some suggestions on how to get started.

  • Start your own Campaign. Visit the Center for Women’s Global Leadership website to download or request your own Take Action Toolkit that will help you plan your own Campaign activities.
  • Visit the Online Campaign Calendar. Search the 16 Days online Campaign Calendar to find out what other participating organizations are doing in your area to get involved. If you start your own campaign, make sure to post it on the calendar to get other interested individuals in your area involved. 
  • Join the online discussion forum. Connect with other participants, share ideas and resources, and learn more about the issues in the new online discussion forums.
  • Host a Screening. In some parts of the world, they are the three most deadly words that can ever be uttered – it’s a girl. Host a screening of the provocative new documentary about gendercide and gender equality in your home, church, or community and spread the word about the 200 million girls who are missing today because their parents heard those three words. 
  • United Methodist Women’s Domestic Violence Initiative continues to encourage local organizations of United Methodist Women and United Methodist churches to sponsor Domestic Violence Awareness programs sponsored jointly by United Methodist Women and United Methodist Men. 

Write to your Congressional Representatives to Urge Support for Legislation that Strengthens our Responses to Gender Based Violence.

  1. S. 2338: Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act: Since its original passage in 1994, the VAWA has dramatically enhanced our nation’s response to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. This vital legislation must be reauthorized, and the Senate has passed an inclusive bill that protects all victims. In the House of Representatives, Republican leaders forced passage of a bill that weakens many provisions over the past 18 years. 
  2. HR 5905: International Violence Against Women Act: To combat international violence against women and girls.
  3. S 1763/HR 4154: SAVE Native Women Act: A bill to decrease the incidence of violent crimes against Indian American women, to strengthen the capacity of tribes to respond to violent crimes committed against women, and to ensure that perpetrators are held accountable.
  4. S 1301: Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2011: A bill to authorize appropriations for fiscal years 2012-2015 for the Trafficking Victims Protections Act of 2000, to enhance measures to combat trafficking in persons.
Last Updated: 04/07/2014

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