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16 Days of Activism

16 Days of Activism 2020








The 16 Days of Activism against Gender based Violence take place between 25 November and 10 December each year.

The theme for 2020 is “Orange the World: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect!”

When COVID-19  hit the world, the people of every country stayed inside their homes. The lockdown measures were successful in curbing the spread of the disease pandemic. But reports showed an alarming increase in the already existing pandemic of violence against women.

The UN Secretary-General published a report “Shared Responsibility, Global Solidarity: Responding to the socio-economic impacts of COVID-19“.  It says: “Accompanying the crisis has been a spike in domestic violence reporting, at exactly the time that services, including rule of law, health and shelters, are being diverted to address the pandemic”.

Woking Soroptimists Believe to Achieve Gender Equality.  Soroptimists everywhere will #OrangetheWorld during 16 Days of Activism  -starting 25th November and ending 10th December.

Each of the 16 Days marks a step towards women’s rights and a safe space for them.  Soroptimist International believes that women’s rights are human rights. Through our work in the communities we work towards that objective.

25th November 2020: Day of the Elimination of violence against women






28 November 2020 – Combating Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and related practices

BBC News published an article on ‘Controversial Virgity Tests by UK Clinics’

30 November 2020 – Human Trafficking Day and Day of Remembrance and Action on violence against Women

On the 6th day of the 16 Days of Activism,  we focused on Human Trafficking. Trafficking in persons is a serious crime and a grave violation of human rights. Every year, thousands of men, women and children fall into the hands of traffickers, in their own countries and abroad. Almost every country in the world is affected by trafficking: as a country of origin, of transit or as a destination for victims.   Soroptimists raise awareness about trafficking in many ways.  A sister club in Southern England runs the Purple Teardrop Campaign.

The 2020 theme is: Orange the World: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect!  The Guardian reported an event at which the UK Designate Commission for Domestic Abuse spoke. The article appeared on 29 November entitled  ‘Urgent change needed to stem femicides, says new domestic abuse tsar’

The importance of this campaign was highlighted on 26 November 2020 by two items in BBC News:  Covid-19 and gender equality  Women murdered by partner

01  December – World Aids Day

BBC news interview with Elton John on the hope of elimination HIV/AIDS through testing here

10 – Human Rights Day  – the last day of our 16 Days of Activism

Today we recall the commemoration of the day the UN General Assembly proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  Woking Soroptimists believe the Universal Charter of Human Rights is  hugely important for women.  This is because the Charter enshrines the principle of a gender-sensitive approach to human rights.