From Australia to the United States, the 16 Days of Activism Through My Eyes

By Rachel Sandler, JWI Intern

November 25th marks the beginning of the vibrant international campaign known as the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence. JWI is joining this campaign to address the issue of violence against women and girls on a global level and, we challenge you to do the same.

The aim of the campaign is to galvanize the international community around the issue of violence against women, and to bring the international movement together to form one united front working to end abuse. The 16 Days campaign goals include: raising awareness about gender-based violence; strengthening local efforts around this issue; establishing a link between local and international work; providing a forum for activists to develop effective strategies; demonstrating solidarity with women around the world; and creating new tools to pressure governments to eliminate violence against women.

Since the 16 Days campaign began in 1991, over 3,700 organizations in approximately 164 countries have participated. I have personally felt the global scope of this campaign. Before coming to Washington, DC, I was working on the campaign in Australia, my home country. There, I was organizing a film festival to raise awareness about domestic and sexual violence. After flying across the world, I am honored to be working in the United States on this powerful campaign.

JWI encourages you to partner with us on this important issue by participating in our 16-Day Challenge, and we hope you’ll share your own ideas for bringing the 16 Days campaign to life. We are proud to be a partner in this far reaching effort.

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