ONE IN THREE WOMEN worldwide face abuse, violence and rape everyday. In no country of the world are women free from this fear and terror. In Ireland, it is estimated that 213,000 women are living with severe abuse from their boyfriends, husbands and partners.
Women’s Aid has been working on the issue of domestic violence for over 30 years. For over a decade we have used the 16 Days Campaign to raise awareness of the reality of domestic violence and to push for positive change to make women safer in their own homes.
WHAT IS THE 16 DAYS CAMPAIGN?
THE 16 DAYS CAMPAIGN is an international campaign that started in 1991. Since then, over 2000 groups in 154 countries have taken part. In Ireland last year, over 80 groups and individuals organised events around the country. Events like art competitions, exhibitions, memorials, film showings, postcard and poster campaigns, information stands and media campaigns. For an overview of the campaign in 2008, 2007 and 2006 click here.
The 16 Days Campaign is only successful with the support of people in local communities and organisations nationwide. Community groups, students, rape crisis centres and domestic violence support services, political pressure groups and individual activists will get involved in 2009. Each of us can make a difference and demand an end to violence against women.
THE DATES, 25th November (UN Day Opposing Violence against Women) and 10th December (Human Rights Day), were chosen to symbolise the link between violence against women and human rights abuses and to highlight that today, women and girls are subjected to many forms of human rights violations solely on the basis of their gender.
The 16 Days period includes other significant dates such as International Human Rights Defenders Day (29th November), World Aids Day (1st December) and the anniversary of the Montreal Massacre (6th December).
THE AIMS OF THE CAMPAIGN
THE 16 DAYS CAMPAIGN is an opportunity for individuals and groups around the world to call for the elimination of all forms of violence against women by:
- Highlighting the nature and prevalence of violence against women
- Raising awareness of violence against women as a human rights issue
- Showing solidarity among women around the world
- Promoting women’s leadership
- Lobbying government
- Strengthening local work to tackle violence against women
- Making women safer in their own homes
For information on the International 16 Days Campaign click here.