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 10th December, Human Rights Day.
The Violence Against Women and Girls services and organisations from across Newcastle work together to provide support and recovery services for women and girls who have experienced gendered violence. During 16 Days of Activism 2019 we are also joining our voices to talk about the spectrum of violence women and girls experience throughout their lives.
We know from our work with women and girls that each person’s experience is unique. We also know that this violence and abuse happens because of the oppression of women and girls and that women and girls will not achieve true equality while they are still more likely to experience violence and abuse
“any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life” (General Assembly Resolution 48/104 Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women, 1993).
Violence against women and girls includes:
- Domestic violence and abuse,
- sexual violence,
- forced marriage,
- so called ‘honour based abuse”
- sexual exploitation
- emale genital mutilation
Why is this a priority?
Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is human rights violation, and is rooted in gendered social structures rather than individual and random acts.
VAWG impacts women and girls of all ages, from all walks of life, regardless of their level of education, income, where they live or their sexuality. It is a major obstacle to ending gender inequality and discrimination globally.
Men and Boys
Boys and men do experience gender-based violence;
- they can be in an abusive relationship,
- experience domestic violence,
- be sexually harassed,
- bullied because of their sexuality,
- forced to marry,
- be sexually exploited,
- raped or sexually abused,
- socialised to bully, or have negative notions of masculinity.
Regardless of gender, all victims still have to confront many obstacles that may stop them reporting a crime and supporting a prosecution.
Together, boys and girls, women and men must work in partnership to protect women’s and girl’s rights and prevent and eliminate violence against women and girls because in tackling violence against women and girls, we are also tackling similar violence against men and boys.
Report and Support
In an emergency, or if you or someone else is in immediate danger phone 999
For help and advice:
National and local support services