What Is 16 Days Of Activism? Educate Yourself About The Global Campaign!

The internet flooded with posts regarding 16 Days Of Activism for all the good reasons. But what exactly is 16 Days Of Activism? We got your back! Learn more about the 16 Days Of Activism Campaign, its meaning and significance in this post. From FIFA to the United Nations, millions around the world call for action every year by participating in the campaign.

What is the campaign about?


16 Days Of Activism is a global campaign initiated by the Women’s Global Leadership Institute in 1991. The campaign runs for 16 days aiming to raise awareness and mobilise collective action against Gender Based Violence. 16 Days Of Activism starts from 25th November which is International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and lasts till 10th December which is International Human Rights Day. 

The theme of this year’s 16 Days Of Activism is ‘Orange the world: End violence against women now!’ The UN Women’s website has prepared an entire toolkit for anybody willing to be involved in the campaign. Over 6000 organisations participate in the campaign from over 180 countries across the world. Multiple pan-India organisations such as Oxfam and Sangath have begun the campaign. 

un women toolkit

Every 1 in 3 women across the world have experienced violence in their lives. Over 700 million women across the world have been victims of gender based violence. The quantitative and statistical facts regarding GBV are not at all shocking anymore. Especially post pandemic, violence against women has multiplied. The most gruesome fact is that women face most such violence from their own partners/family. 

16 Days Of Activism is a campaign all should be aware of and involve in. The campaign turned 30 this year. One way to keep up with the campaign is by sharing your own story (if any) and by raising your voice whenever you see someone being a victim of GBV. It’s the 21st century and gender based violence has no place in the society anymore! 

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