Global Campaign '16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence'

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The 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence against women and girls is an international campaign that takes place each year. It commences on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, until 10 December, Human Rights Day. It was originated by activists at the first Women's Global Leadership Institute in 1991. Over 6000 organizations in approximately 187 countries have participated in the Campaign since 1991, with a reach of 300 million people. It continues to be coordinated each year by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) and is used as an organizing strategy by individuals, institutions and organizations around the world to call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls.       

This 2022 year’s global campaign theme: "UNITE! ACTIVISM TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN & GIRLS"

About 1 in 3 women worldwide have experienced sexual and other forms of violence. Women are also much more likely than men to be killed by their intimate partners or family members. Crimes involving violence against women are among the most under-reported and the least likely to end in conviction. Survivors often face significant obstacles due to gaps in criminal law and procedure, gender stereotypes, victim blaming and inadequate responses of criminal justice institutions and professionals, leading to secondary victimization. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has further reduced access to essential police and justice services for women, despite reports of increased levels of gender-based violence. 

new study by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and UN Women shows that, on average, more than five women or girls were killed every hour by someone in their own family in 2021. The report has come ahead of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on November 25 and is a horrific reminder that violence against women and girls is one of the most pervasive human rights violations worldwide.

Harmful gender stereotypes, gender inequality, and patriarchal structures contribute to violence. We all have a right to equal treatment, regardless of our gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, or other status.

 To end all forms of gender-based violence against women and girls by 2030, in line with Sustainable Development Goal 5.2, comprehensive and multi-sectoral solutions are required. Crime prevention and criminal justice responses are a key part of this approach.   

We recognize the leading role of civil society organizations in preventing and eliminating gender-based violence and encourage and support their work in this area.

We stand ready to continue supporting both the authorities and civil society organizations in their efforts to develop plans and strategies and to make necessary legislative amendments to protect women and girls against any form of violence in line with the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. 

We join the campaign '16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence' and call on all relevant actors to support citizens in their right to live without violence! Together, we can create a world free from violence, where everyone has sufficient resources and equal opportunities to reach their full potential. 

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For further information please contact:   

Arifa Fatikhova  

Communications and External Relations Officer

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) 

Regional Office for Central Asia

Mobile: (+998 93) 505-05-58 | Email: arifa.fatikhova[at]