Starting on November 25, organizations around the world join a movement to spread awareness and take action during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Campaign. The campaign runs from November 25 to December 10 and aims to educate and raise awareness, strengthen partnerships and programming, and advocate for government policies to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls.
The theme of this year’s campaign is “Together We Can End GBV in Education!” and focuses on the right to education, challenges faced in addressing GBV in education, and best practices for eradicating violence. To learn more, explore Rutgers’ 2017 Take Action Kit, which contains information about GBV in education as well as suggestions for advocacy around institutional, legal, and policy change.
This year, Equimundo led and co-hosted online efforts to address ways that individuals, communities, and institutions can help to change attitudes and end violence against women and children at home and in school.
1) Equimundo Social Media Campaign: #IPledge
Each day during 16 Days of Activism, Equimundo shared one commitment that you can make, as an individual, to end gender-based violence and advance equality. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and use #16Days and #IPledge to join the conversation and show support. Tell us what you pledge to do to help end gender-based violence. All 16 graphics are available for download online here.
2) MenCare Social Media Campaign: Fatherhood and Care
Throughout the 16 Days, as Co-Coordinators of MenCare: A Global Fatherhood Campaign, we released selected messages from activists and fathers around the world on how they can play a powerful role in modeling care and nonviolence for children. Join the conversation through MenCare’s Facebook and Twitter.
3) Twitter Chat: Ending Gender-Based Violence – in Education & with Education
Equimundo led an hour-long segment of the all-day Twitter chat, “Positive Steps to End Gender-Based Violence – in Education & with Education,” facilitated by the YouthPower Learning project. Running from 8am to 2pm EST on December 6, health and development organizations guided conversations and shared diverse strategies for ending GBV. Equimundo co-hosted the hour from 8:00-9:00am EST with Sonke Gender Justice and Rutgers as Prevention+ – a five-year initiative engaging men and women to end gender-based violence. Follow Equimundo on Twitter and check out the hashtag #GBVchat, which was used in over 1,100 tweets by 201 contributors, with almost 12 million impacts over the course of the day.