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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:
Oxfam partner ARDD-Legal Aid is a Jordan-based human rights organisation, which implements the Voice refugee-centred project. As part of the 16 days of activism campaign, ARDD-Legal Aid raised awareness... Read more
Around the world women and men are taking part in 16 days of activism to eliminate violence against women. Cat Meredith examines Oxfam's approach to changing attitudes and laws,... Read more
On the International Day of Eliminating Violence Against Women, Ranjana Das from Oxfam India explores official crime statistics to see if there is still a culture of impunity for violence against... Read more
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Influencing policy, decision-making, and expenditure to reflect the interests of women.
The campaign to end violence against women, undoing stigma and changing attitudes.
Improving the safety of civilians threatened with violence, coercion, and deprivation.
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