By Dana Fleitman, JWI Program Coordinator
Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, kicking off 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence.“From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Let’s Challenge Militarism and End Violence Against Women!” is the 2012 theme for this annual international campaign encouraging action to end gender-based violence worldwide.
JWI is awed and inspired by the countless brave women working tirelessly to end violence and promote gender equality despite the persecution and oppression that they face. Gender discrimination is a cross-cutting reality that transcends local, national and global levels; from a violent husband to an oppressive government, violence against women takes many forms and affects virtually all women worldwide.
From November 25th through December 10th, JWI will highlight women’s groundbreaking advocacy by posting about countries and their women activists, focusing on a different country each day. This offers just a small glimpse into an inspiring world where countless women in every nation take enormous risks each day to end violence.