In 1991, the Center for Women’s Global Leadership convened the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute (WGLI). The 23 participants came from different countries in all of the world’s regions and were drawn from a variety of fields - lawyers, policymakers, teachers, health care workers, researchers, journalists, and activists. These women were local civil society leaders with experience in women’s organising who were also interested in building the global women’s human rights movement. During the WGLI, participants discussed different aspects of gender-based violence and human rights, learning from one another’s experiences and consequently developing strategies to increase international awareness of the systemic nature of violence against women and to expose this violence as a violation of women’s human rights.

As one strategy to build awareness about gender-based violence and facilitate networking among women leaders working in this area, the WGLI participants established the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign, choosing to symbolically link 25 November (International Day Against Violence Against Women) and 10 December (International Human Rights Day).

This year marks the 25th year of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign, initiated in 1991 and coordinated by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership. The theme of this year’s 16 Days Campaign is “From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Make Education Safe for All”. This theme recognises that structural discrimination and inequality is perpetuated in a cycle of violence that does not end even when girls and young women are in the act of gaining an education. Gender-based violence with respect to the right to education is a consistent threat in public spaces, schools, and homes and is a detriment to the universal human right to education and it is our obligation to focus on the precarious situation of education for girls and boys, young women and men this year through the 16 Days Campaign.

Human Rights & Democracy blog and não te prives will be hosting a series of online publications for the duration of the campaign. Interested authors are invited to submit articles or other forms of artistic contributions such as, but not limited to, poetry, illustration, or photography. We especially welcome submissions giving an account of personal experiences or local initiatives, not only limited to the intersection between education and gender-based violence (GBV), but also on the theme of GBV more broadly, including LGBT+ experiences, fatphobia, racism, etc. Contributions should be sent via email to info[@]humanrightsdemocracy[.]com by 1 October 2016, but we encourage you to submit at your earliest convenience as submissions will be reviewed as they arrive. Final results will be communicated by 1 November 2016.


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Human Rights & Democracy blog was launched in 2012 with the aim of facilitating the access to human rights knowledge and thinking to persons outside the usual human rights circles, as well as stimulating the connection between human rights and different fields of science and professional activities, promoting a multidisciplinary approach to human rights and democracy.

não te prives is an association established in 2002 in Coimbra, Portugal, working towards increasing visibility of issues concerning discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender, introducing them into the public debate, and contributing for political, social, cultural, and legal change.



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