Sunday 25th November is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and also marks the beginning of the global campaign ‘16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence’.  Pida Ripley, the founder/Director of WomenAid International, introduced and promoted the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence in the Georgia during 2000, establishing the first nationally coordinated '16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence' in the world. Following the success of this Georgian initiative last year WomenAid has now established the Caucasus 16 Days, the first regional coordination of the global campaign.

Acting as the Caucasus 16 Days focal point, WomenAid International-Caucasus has created a Caucasus Coordination Committee of almost 500 NGOs in Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia.  The aim of the project is to broaden and deepen collaboration between civil societies in the three countries of the South Caucasus. This is a unique collaboration and partnership between members of civil society in the region.

Theme: Violence in the home and violence in society

The theme of the 2001 campaign is ‘Violence in the home and violence in society’.

A broad range of activities and events are being organized by members between the 25th November to the 10th December 2000. The Calendar of Georgian activities is attached and provides details of all events planned.  The calendar will be updated daily and further details of the campaign and activities organized by NGO partners can be found on the specially created Caucasus 16 Days website:

One outstanding success of the first Georgian 16 Days coordinated campaign was the elaboration and signing by over 70 representatives from the Georgian government, UN agencies, international and local non-governmental organisations of a Joint Declaration Against Gender Violence.  This Declaration is open for signature during the 16 Days 2001 and is now also being replicated in Azerbaijan and Armenia.

Support for the Caucasus 16 Days regional campaign for 2001 is being received from the Open Society Institute Network Women's Program and Network Media Program, and the Canadian Government with additional funding support from WomenAid International.

Non-governmental organizations and interested individuals from all sectors of civil society in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia are invited to participate in the Caucasus 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence 2001.



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