Find out more about how Soroptimist International of the South West Pacific is getting involved in the annual campaign to end violence against women.
The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence had its origins in1991 and has largely been coordinated by the Women’s Global Institute for Leadership. This civil society initiative runs from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against women to Human Rights Day on 10 December.
This year it is strengthened by the Un Secretary-General’s, UNiTE by 2030 to end Violence Against Women. This violence is recognised as the greatest human right violation in the world.
The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated all those factors which work to generate violence, while social and economic stress have resulted in steep increases in the types of violence experienced particularly by women and girls. Quarantines and social isolation have dramatically increased pressure on mental health providers. Perhaps the greatest danger is that humanity is running a risk of slowing and even reversing the fragile improvements that have been made and women’s human rights risk is being eroded.
The UN system has responded with a programme including civil society in all its forms and governments to Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect in their fight against violence against Women. The Secretary -General’s fight has the slogan :
Orange the World: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect
For more information about “Orange the World: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect!” and action ideas, see this year’s concept note.
Our Federation campaign can work in all these areas and a 16 Days of Activism Toolkit for Members, Clubs and Regions has been made available with tools and ideas for clubs and individuals to help advocate for the elimination of violence against women. Clubs need to start thinking about how they will respond to this very important campaign.
Download the Toolkit and access all SISWP 16 Days Tools Here
SWP Programme Director 2020-2022
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