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16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence

November 13, 2017

It is estimated that 35% of women and girls worldwide have experienced gender-based violence (GBV). GBV is a human rights abuse that is rooted in social inequalities among men and women. It occurs in all parts of the globe, and while GBV has gained more attention over the years, awareness remains inadequate.

The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women marks the beginning of 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. From November 25th to December 10th, individuals, organizations, and countries advocate for the end to all forms of GBV.

Gender-based violence includes child abuse, sex trafficking, sexual assault, domestic violence, early child marriage, violence in schools, female genital mutilation/cutting, forced labor and more. Roughly 70 million women have been married before the age of 18, and 120 million have experienced forced intercourse or other forced sexual acts. Even with an alarmingly high number of women and girls suffering different forms of violence every day, fewer than 40% ever report it.

This year, World Education is participating in 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence under the campaign’s theme, “Together we can end GBV in education!” Education is one of the the most effective ways to end GBV. World Education is committed to eradicating gender-based violence, including school-related GBV, and ensuring that public spaces, schools, and homes are safe for all women and girls worldwide!

Get Involved!

Participate in the 16 Days campaign with World Education by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and using the hashtags #16Days, #EndGBV, #BuildUpGirls.

Make a donation to support World Education's work to reduce gender-based violence.