Make Every Woman Count would like you to join its efforts to contribute to the global campaign to end gender violence “From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Let’s Challenge Militarism and End Violence Against Women!”.
To mark the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, Make Every Woman Count will be running a series of articles under the theme "Celebrating the Resilience and Courage of Women Survivors of Gender-Based Violence" to showcase the life histories of 16 African women survivors of gender –based violence be it at home or in conflict.
Women survivors of violence are usually portrayed as victims, in this series, we will be showing the resilience and the courage of these women to move from victims to be inspiration to other women by changing not only their life but the life of other women as well.
We will be posting one article each day about their journey during the 16 days of activism to celebrate these inspirational women.
War affects women in a unique and disproportionate way. It is our hope that this series will engage with women from across Africa and around the world to lead the way to a more peaceful and secure 21st century than the last, characterized by military dictatorships, civil wars, state conflicts and genocide.
The ‘16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence’ is an international movement to end gender violence which runs form the 25th November to the 10th December. Born in 1991 during the first meeting of the Women’s Global Leadership Institute, the campaign runs symbolically from 25 November, International Day Against Violence Against Women to 10 December, International Human Rights Day, in order to underline that violence against women is a violation of their human rights.
Sub-themes that will be discussed include: sexual violence in conflicts, domestic violence, human rights movements and militarism, the proliferation of small arms and their role in domestic violence, sexual violence in and after conflict, political violence against women, including Pre/During/Post-elections violence and sexual and gender-based; violence committed by state agents,...
More than 3, 700 organizations in approximately 164 countries have participated in the 16 Days Campaign since 1991 and this year again, MEWC would be one of them.
Make Every Woman Count will be hosting this series on our recently re-launched blog. We invite you to follow along daily from November 25th through December 10th, 2014 at: www.blog.makeeverywomancount.org and on our social media on twitter @MakeWomenCount and on facebook
Be sure to check out the Global Campaign’s website for more information on the campaign and partner initiatives http://16dayscwgl.rutgers.edu/