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:
16 Days of Activism Against
Gender Violence - Caucasus
The key objectives of WomenAid International initiating and sponsoring a 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence in the Caucasus are:
in 2001: CAUCASUS & CIS
WomenAid International - Caucasus acts as the focal point for the Caucasus 16 Days regional activities. For more information on partners, calendar of events, etc. please visit the Caucasus 16 Days web site.
Following requests for infomation, advice and help from many CIS NGOs, WomenAid International sponsored 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.
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:
The 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 in 2000 introduced the Campaign into the Caucasus as part of the 16 Days Campaign and in 2001 persuaded many famous men to become Caucasus 16 Days White Ribbon Ambassadors thereby building even greater focus around this important male initiative.