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16 Days of Activism on No Violence Against Women and Children

logoFor the past ten years the 16 Days of Activism has marked activities around the world to end gender violence. The 16 Day campaign has been used to create a global movement to raise awareness, to address policy and legal issues, to campaign for the protection of survivors of violence and to call for the elimination of all forms of gender violence.

The 25th of November, the day that marks the start of the campaign, was declared International Day Against Violence Against Women at the first Feminist Encuentro for Latin America and the Caribbean held in Bogota, Colombia in 1981. This day was chosen to commemorate the death of the Mirabal sisters in 1960 by the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo in the Dominican Republic. The day was officially recognised by the United Nations in 1999 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.In

South Africa , civil society, business and Government come together for 16 days of action for 365 days of safety for women and children. The campaign is led by the Deputy Minister of Correctional Services, Cheryl Gillwald. In past campaigns, funds have been raised for distribution to organisations providing services to women and children who have experienced violence - making the campaign a tool for strengthening helping institutions. Funds are distributed through the Foundation for Human Rights.