CAUCASUS 16 DAYS 2002
In 1989 14 Canadian female students were murdered because they were training to become engineers. This brutal act triggered the creation of two end-violence global campaigns: 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence and the White Ribbon Campaign – a unique initiative by Canadian men.
Both these campaigns were introduced to Georgia in 2000 by Pida Ripley, the Founder of WomenAid International. Following the outstanding success of the Georgian 16 Days Campaign in 2000 – the first national coordination of this campaign anywhere- WomenAid International funded the creation of the Caucasus 16 Days. Acting as the Caucasus 16 Days focal point, WomenAid International – Caucasus established two more National Coordination Committees, in Azerbaijan and in Armenia.
International developed the unique concept of combining two global
campaigns that aim to eliminate violence against women, ‘16 Days
of Activism Against Gender Violence’ and the ‘White Ribbon
Campaign’. The ‘Caucasus 16 Days’ established this
twin-track strategy as the first such regional coordination of
both campaigns and is successful in bringing men and women
together on one platform – to end violence against women. This
is a great initiative adopted by the countries in the Caucasus and
is now being used as a demonstration of model collaboration and
cooperation by civil society stakeholders.
16 Days is the first regional
coordination of the global ’16 Days of Activism Against
Gender Violence’ and the ‘White Ribbon’ campaigns in the
world and its
first year proved to be extremely successful.
Over 500 organisations
collaborated to create a large regional calendar of events and
activities promoting the elimination of violence against women.
This outstanding regional collaboration was made possible
great enthusiasm and hard work of volunteers representing the NGO
members of the National Coordination Committees in Armenia,
Azerbaijan, and Georgia. WomenAid
International greatly appreciates their great contribution and the
coordination work undertaken by the Caucasus 16 Days Focal Point,
WomenAid International-Caucasus based in Tbilisi, Georgia.
An additional aim of the Caucasus 16 Days is the “broadening and deepening” of civil society activities by drawing together a broad range of NGOs in several countries. This collaboration establishes an ongoing and powerful advocacy base within the region to further promote elimination of violence against women strategies, to increase the general awareness and knowledge of the public about all forms of gender violence and to help change behaviour and attitudes about violence against women by increasing
participating in the Caucasus 16 Days the media and press can
develop a valuable advocacy role and promote national awareness of
the critical issue of violence against women. National and local
government ministries and representatives increase knowledge and
awareness of all forms of gender violence and the need to adopt
measures that will eliminate violence against women.
WomenAid International and other donors supporting the Caucasus 16 Days believe that this programme and activities facilitate the active participation of civil society actors in three countries in transition and strengthen the emerging Caucasus collaborative network against gender violence in all its forms. Both campaigns provide opportunities for participation of all sectors of civil society, both at the individual and the institutional level, to join efforts in combating violence against women.
November to 10 December
Your organisation can participate in CAUCASUS 16 DAYS 2002 by joining one of the National Coordination Committees
Alternatively you can
(2) PRINT and fax to CAUCASUS 16 DAYS Focal Point: (995 32) 37 92 70
(3) telephone the 2002 National Focal Points:
For further information please contact the
CAUCASUS 16 DAYS Regional Focal Point
17 Khvichia St. Tbilisi 380060 Georgia Tel/Fax: (995 32) 37 92 70