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25 November is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and marks the beginning of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence.
Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is both a human rights violation and one of the most widespread drivers of poverty. As well as impacting on mental and physical health, violence (and the threat of violence) can also deny women and girls opportunities that would otherwise help to lift them out of poverty, such as attending school, working outside of the home and participating in civil society.
Ending VAWG is a core pillar of Oxfam's work on putting an end to gender injustice.
The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence runs from 25 November, the International Day of Eliminating Violence Against Women, until 10 December, International Human Rights Day. In this way the international campaign highlights the fact that violence against women and girls is a violation of human rights.
The campaign has been used as an organizing strategy by individuals and groups around the world to call for the elimination of all forms of violence against women by:
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“It’s easy to say we want to “empower” women, but how practical is it when they go back to their homes and communities where they are surrounded by the same destructive habits. We need to be careful not to push women from one form of violence to another if they “speak up” or “revolt” against injustice.” That is why Manal thinks we need buy-in from “non-traditional” targets. “Women do not want to eliminate men, we want a partnership…And you need men and boys to believe in this cause to create a critical mass that will revolt against the tyranny of patriarchy.”
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