16 Days of Gender Activism
The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an international campaign, which takes place each year and runs from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day. It was originated by activists at the first Women's Global Leadership Institute in 1991 and is coordinated each year by the Center for Women's Global Leadership. It is used as an organizing strategy by individuals and organizations around the world to call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls.
In Uganda and around the world, women and girls continue to be threatened by or are suffering violence, or have been subjected to it in the past. Tackling this requires resources, policies, commitments and programmes that focus on reaching the most marginalized communities. In acknowledgement of these eminent challenges, FIDA Uganda is putting a spotlight on the wide implications and consequences of violence against women and girls within the most marginalized groups through out the 16 days of activism, our Campaign aims to raise awareness and spark a national conversation on the need for inclusive and sustainable programmes, policies, and resources in the framework.
In 2016, FIDA-Uganda centrally focused on advocacy towards the establishment of special courts for gender based violence which was a commitment the state made under the Kampala Declaration. As a result of this advocacy, in 2017 the judiciary made a commitment to establish these courts and further embarked on the process of developing a concept note for establishment of the same.
Through our 2017 campaign, FIDA Uganda will;
- Advocate for inclusive programmes and policies that address the barriers faced by the most underserved and disadvantaged groups of women and girls and include them in planning, policy formulation, decision-making, implementation and outcomes; and
- Call for the sustainable and robust financing for efforts to prevent and eliminate violence against women and girls on all levels such as the establishment of special courts.
Advocacy Objectives during 16 Days of Activism:
- Focus government attention first on the most disadvantaged groups of women and girls in efforts to prevent and end violence against women and girls;
- Call for concrete action on inclusive policies and programming that address marginalization, discrimination and chronic deprivation in the context of SDG target 5.2. on violence against women;
The themes adopted for our advocacy include;
- “Together We Can End GBV in Education!” This year’s theme builds on the momentum and achievements of establishing FIDA Clubs in primary schools across the country. Our goal for 2017 is to continue to build awareness of and advocate for an end to all forms of gender-based violence in education once and for all. FIDA Uganda joined the global campaign on education and through its partnerships developed action kits that contain information about GBV in education as well as suggested actions to take during the 2017 16 Days Campaign. The action kits will help communities and schools understand the issues and challenges faced in addressing and ending GBV in education and how together we can make a difference
- In line with the 2017 global umbrella theme “Leave No One Behind: End Violence against Women and Girls”, throughout the 16 day-long period from 25 November to 10 December, a series of our actions, will focus on the far-reaching consequences of violence against women and girls within some of the most marginalized and underserved groups. FIDA UGANDA will also engage communities and national level actors to place a stronger emphasis than in recent years on the human rights framework. As always, the 2017 Campaign includes awareness-raising activities, including attracting attention and generating public support. This year however, this 16 Days Campaign includes advocacy focused on institutional, legal, and policy change, i.e. for effective laws, policies and institutions that effectively prevent and address GBV.
FIDA Uganda will send out calls for your participation in various activities during the 2017 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence Campaign, we are looking forward to your engagement.
Thank you for the crucial role you are playing already through our programs and by doing so, contributing to promoting women’s human rights and putting an end gender-based violence once and for all.
Together We Can End GBV! Together we will end GBV!