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Advocacy in Action

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.

In 2019, the UNiTE campaign marked the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, from 25 November to 10 December, under the theme, “Orange the World: Generation Equality Stands against Rape!”

Soroptimist International Of Great Britain and Ireland created a series of Facebook and Twitter post templates, which were shared with Clubs. Members of SI Widnes shared the Facebook and Twitter posts on their personal accounts as well as the Club accounts, to raise awareness of how huge the issue of gender inequality remains in this day and age!

Scroll down the Facebook posts on the right to see some of the posts.