The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an international campaign that takes place each year. It begins on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day. “Orange the World: Generation Equality Stands against Rape!” is the UN theme for this year’s 16 Days of Activism.
”The 16 days’ campaign is an opportunity to unite our efforts. All RET local organizations in more than 20 countries of operations will be contributing to a global initiative to take action and end violence against women and girls.” explainsMs Zeynep Gündüz, RET President & CEO
In all RET countries of operations in Africa, the Americas and the Middle East, RET is organizing awareness-raising sessions for both men & women, boys & girls tackling the “issue of Consent” in the prevention and eradication of rape and sexual harassment along with gender-based violence (GBV), reproductive health, and legal counselling on women’s rights trainings.
RET will hold marches, gatherings and musical performances to call on preventing and ending violence against women and girls and to advocate for the need to fully recognize and implement laws that protect the rights of women and girls.
RET is also organizing sports tournaments, recreational workshops such as photography, and design workshops around GBV. Reading sessions on pioneer women and recreational workshops for women & girls with disabilities are among many other planned activities that target refugees, migrants and the host communities.
Together with the partners of UN Women’s Refugee Response Program in Turkey a photography workshop is planned under the name #lightthedark/#Karanlığıaydınlat which will be conducted within the framework of the campaign. These workshops are planned in cooperation with RET, ASAM, GAP, and MUDEM in the cities of İzmir, Gaziantep, Urfa, and Mardin. The UN Women Turkey’s national campaign revolves around “safety in public spaces.” A website has been launched and will be used by participants to identify and locate insecure public spaces on an interactive map online, urging local authorities, in specific municipalities to take a stand against GBV and sexual harassment by securing those spaces.
Coordination mechanisms at the national level are put in place to address various aspects of violence against women and girls. As part of its survivor centered approach and multi-sectoral services, RET will be referring GBV survivors or participants at risk of GBV to health-care services such as post-rape care, emergency contraception and abortion where legal; immediate and effective police responses, psychological support and counselling; legal advice and protection orders; shelter, telephone hotlines, social assistance and the provision of information at the local and national.
“Since RET’s inception in 2000, we have always adopted a Human-rights approach, focusing on the most underserved and disadvantaged groups of women and girls in efforts to prevent and end violence. We are committed to protecting them, but also building their resilience. Girls and young women represent one of the most vulnerable targets during crises, conflicts and even in fragile contexts. RET’s actions are centered towards providing a multi-sectoral response, our interventions go far beyond short-term protection, we are seeking to empower girls and young women by building their self-reliance and drawing the world’s attention to the important role all women can play socially and economically to achieve peace and attain development. We are committed to helping women and girls realize their full potential and prosper beyond our assistance.”Ms Zeynep Gündüz, RET President & CEO
RET recommits itself and shall continue to support the most underserved and disadvantaged groups of refugees, asylum-seekers, migrants and host populations, especially young women and girls to prevent and end violence in all its forms.
From all RET’s countries of operations, we promise an orange fair world.
16 Days of Activism begins on the 25 november and will see actions and civil engagement all over the world, as adults and youth stand in solidarity and join the UNiTE Campaign to make a stand against gender-based violence (GBV) and rape. The UNiTE Campaign will run for two years, with the theme: Orange the World: Generation Equality Stands against Rape!