The 16 Days of Activism global campaign has fought to end gender-based violence for over three decades. Every year, the campaign begins on November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and ends on December 10, the International Day of Human Rights.
Over two weeks, individuals, civil society, grassroots organizations, UN agencies, and governments join together to demand accountability for the protection of women and girls.
This global campaign utilises the colour orange to represent a brighter future, free from violence against women and girls, as a unifying theme running through all its global activities.
In 2023, 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence was celebrated under the theme "UNITE! Invest to prevent violence against women and girls".
Every child deserves to be safe at home, in their communities, and at school. However, findings from the VACS show that many children experience school-related gender-based violence. But it doesn’t have to be this way.
Investing in ending childhood sexual violence is the right thing to do, and we must protect kids and support those who have experienced this horrible trauma. Globally, policy and decision makers can save billions investing in preventing child sexual abuse. The returns on investment would cut across physical and mental health, labor, judicial, and other sectors.