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This year Human Rights & Democracy blog is joining the campaign 16 days of activism against gender-based violence. The initiative has run between 25 November and 10 December every year since was first launched in 1991 by the Center for Women's Global Leadership (CWGL) at Rutgers University. The first day of the campaign coincides with the international day for the elimination of violence against women. This date was designated by the United Nations General Assembly to honour the assassination of the Mirabal sisters Patria, Dedé, Minerva, and María Teresa, in 1960, who opposed the Dominican Republic dictator Rafael Trujillo and were involved in clandestine activities against his regime. The campaign ends on 10 December, Human Rights day, commemorating the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The 16 days campaign is currently joined by several organisations and individuals around the world, and a calendar of online and offline events can be found here. We have joined the campaign, together with não te prives, by hosting a series of online publications for the duration of the campaign. não te prives (NTP) 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. As this blog also endeavours to be as embracing as possible of diverse views and identities, our association with NTP for the 16 days campaign came naturally. We wish not only to extend the gender conversation to a broader audience but also open the possibilities of these conversations to go beyond more classical approaches to gender-based violence to include other equally important issues such transgender rights or fatphobia.
For the next 16 days, we will be publishing some of the amazing contributions we have received, and also compiling works published elsewhere that we find relevant for the campaign's theme. In our opportunities section, we will be sharing several calls for papers and academic conferences with diverse approaches to gender issues. You will also see cartoons, films and books suggestions, and very interesting opinion pieces and testimonies. We will be also very active on Twitter and Facebook. Stay tuned!