Join us for 16 Days for Activism: Investing in the Prevention of Violence Against Women and Girls

Join us from November 25th to December 10th for the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, an annual international civil society-led campaign. Starting on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and concluding on Human Rights Day, it highlights violence against women as a pervasive breach of human rights worldwide. Originating in 1991 at the Women’s Global Leadership Institute, it serves as an organising strategy for individuals and organisations globally, advocating for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls (VAWG).

World YWCA is committed to addressing gender-based violence and advocating for prevention investments. Despite being crucial leaders in prevention, women’s rights organisations receive only 1% of gender-focused state aid. This underfunding places 89% of these peace and security-focused organizations at moderate to very high risk of closure due to insufficient long-term funding.

Our new toolkit, aligned with this year’s 16 Days for Activism theme, “UNiTE! Invest to Prevent Violence against Women & Girls,” serves as a comprehensive resource for advocates and change-makers. It aims to spotlight the challenges women and girls encounter in securing funding, underscore the critical importance of preventive investments, confront funding obstacles, and concludes with a call to action urging stakeholders to channel resources and efforts into preventing violence against women and girls. 

Let’s amplify our collective voice for change! Join the movement for women’s rights by actively participating on social media and encouraging your fellow citizens to call on government policymakers to allocate essential funding to support women’s rights organisations and movements.

Toolkit Highlights:

  • 💡 Fact Information and Data: Gain insights into the challenges faced by women and girls in securing funding, and understand the critical need for preventive investments.
  • 🌟 How to Engage in the Campaign: Discover actionable steps to actively participate in the 16 Days for Activism campaign, advocating for the prevention of violence against women and girls.
  • 📱 Social Media Templates: Utilize pre-designed templates to streamline your social media advocacy. Share impactful messages and visuals to raise awareness and mobilise support.

Stand with us in the battle against violence targeting women by sharing a powerful image holding a sign that includes data on gender-based violence in your country. Let’s utilise visuals and factual information to raise awareness and inspire tangible change. Your contribution is pivotal—assist us in breaking the silence and working towards a safer world for everyone!

Join us in the fight for a safer, more inclusive world during the 16 Days for Activism. Don’t forget to engage on social media using the hashtags #YWCALeaders #16DaysForActivism #UNiTEtoEndGBV

Download our toolkit and contribute to the fight against GBV by sharing content in social media, planning engaging activities and/or advocating with other tools shared in this document!