In June 1991, the Centre for
Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) together with 23 women from
20 countries - all participants of a meeting on Women, Violence
and Human Rights, called for a global campaign of 16 Days of
Activism Against Gender Violence.
Since that date over 800
organisations in more than 90 countries have participated in the
annual global campaign, ‘16 Days of Activism Against Gender
calls for the elimination of all forms of violence against
In 2000 this annual сampaign
celebrated its tenth year. The 16 Days of Activism Against
Gender Violence runs from 25th November to 10th December and
highlights the following:
The key objectives of WomenAid International initiating and sponsoring a 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence in the Caucasus are:
The Caucasus 16 Days supports the global 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the White Ribbon Campaign and other activities that promote an end to violence against women and children.
In 2000 a broad range of activities and events were organised from the 25th November to the 10th December by committee member organisations. The outstanding success of the first National Coordination of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence was the signing by over 65 representatives from the Georgian government, UN agencies, international and local non-governmental organisations of a Georgian Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women.
in 2001: CAUCASUS & CIS
Following requests for infomation, advice and help from many CIS NGOs, WomenAid International is pleased to be sponsoring the CIS 16 Days web site. On this site you will find information about the 16 Days Campaign, useful links to UN, White Ribbon Campaign and other male initiatives to end violence against women, Russian translation of informative documents from the UN and other sources. You can also access the 16 Days calendar of events in Georgia, which provides a good example of a range of events held within the 16 day period. The 16 Days Coordination team would be very pleased to answer any questions you might have regarding the planning of your activities.
ONLY MEN & WOMEN WORKING TOGETHER CAN END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN.
WomenAid International believes women everywhere
must support male initiatives to end violence against women.
White Ribbon Campaign,
a Unique Initiative of
is the largest
effort, in the world, of men working to end men's violence
against women. Started by Canadian men following a Montreal
massacre of 14 women engineering students, Michael Kaufmann,
campaign co-founder states, “If it were between countries,
we’d call it a war. If it were a disease, we’d call it
an epidemic. If it were an oil spill, we’d call it a disaster.
But it’s happening to women, and it’s just an everyday
affair. It is violence against women. It is sexual
harassment at work and sexual abuse of the young. It is the
beating or the blow that millions of women suffer each and every
day. It is rape at home and on dates. It is
murder.” Men around the world are urged to wear a white
ribbon, or hang a white ribbon from their house, their vehicle,
or at their workplace each year for a week, sometime between
November 25 and December 6.
men participating in the White Ribbon Campaign take as their
common goal the following three personal pledges:
European Parliament has urged the male initiated White
Ribbon Campaign be supported by men in all countries. WomenAid
believes this important male initiative must
be promoted and was pleased to introduce the Campaign into the
Caucasus as part of the 16 Days Campaign 2000 and this year is
building even greater focus around this important male