The most prevalent yet least recognised breach of human rights worldwide is violence against women and girls that affects one in three worldwide. Women continue to face domestic violence, sexual violence, abuse, social shaming, trafficking and even honour killings. Whether or not a woman is a victim, she is affected by it as she is surrounded by stories of gendered violence in its many forms.
The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign that kicks off on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs until 10 December, Human Rights Day. It was started by activists at the inaugural Women’s Global Leadership Institute in 1991 and continues to be 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 support of this civil society initiative, under the leadership of the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, the United Nations Secretary-General’s UNiTE by 2030 to End Violence against Women campaign (UNiTE campaign) calls for global actions to increase awareness, galvanize advocacy efforts, and share knowledge and innovations.
Visthar has been leading and participating in the annual 16-day campaign highlighting violence against women and girls.