16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM
GLOBAL CAMPAIGN TO FIGHT VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
The 16 Days Campaign is an international annual event that congregates activists, government leaders, students, academia and the private sector in many countries across the world including Somalia to demand an end to GBV. As a result of this campaign, women’s rights have been recognized and their needs have been incorporated in UN and Civil society planning and strategizing. GECPD is committed to building a caring and peaceful society, which protects its women and children from all forms of violence. Over the years since inception in 1999, GECPD has been utilizing the 16 Days of Activism Against GBV Campaign to increase awareness on the negative impact of violence on women and children. The opportunity presented by the campaign has also been utilized by GECPD to mobilize other NGOs, CBOs, Women support groups, community stakeholders, as well as the authorities to continue to work together towards ending Violence Against Women.
In partnership and collaboration with MOWDAFA, UNHCR, AmplifyChange and DDA, GECPD has planned a series of community based advocacy activities in Galkayo, Galdogob, Harfo and Bocame districts, between 25thNovember – 10th December 2018 under the banner of this year’s International theme, “Together we can End GBV in World of Work.” The theme builds on the momentum and achievements during the 2017 campaign, when over 700 organizations in 92 countries campaigned around the theme of “Together We Can End GBV in Education”. Events organized by GECPD will also support UN Secretary General’s global campaign UNiTE whose theme this year is “Orange the World: #HearMeToo”. The theme highlights the impunity, silence and stigma that have allowed violence against women to escalate to pandemic proportions and encourages women and girls experiencing violence and abuse to bring their stories to light.
GECPD will focus on the community at the grass root level using the Human Rights approach as a tool of engagement. Great emphasis will be laid on Human Rights Framework putting GBV in perspective as a violation of Human Rights most especially for women and girls. For visibility and identity, our working and operating colour will be Orange throughout our engagements and activities in this year’s 16 days of Campaign.
To find out more, visit the website for the global campaign at: https://16dayscwgl.rutgers.edu/