Every year, We Will Speak Out members around the world participate in 16 Days of Activism. From November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to December 10, Human Rights Day. The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign is a time to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls around the world. The international campaign originated from the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute coordinated by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership in 1991. Below are ways you can participate each day throughout the 16 days.

Download Resources:
WWSO Resource Folder containing all elements: http://bit.ly/16days_All

Prayer Resource

The church has a very significant role in speaking out against sexual violence and challenging the silence that too often surrounds issues of sex and gender inequality. It can help to change attitudes through biblical teaching and interpretation. The Bible teaches that women and men are created equal in the eyes of God and that all persons should be treated with love and respect.

This prayer guide can be used by individuals, home groups, church groups or organizations to follow the 16 Days campaign (or at any other time of year) to pray into gender-based violence issues. Here you will find stories and ideas for each of the 16 days that illustrate how Coalition partners have impacted the lives of women, men, girls and boys on highly sensitive issues such as domestic violence, child protection and sexual violence. Download

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Social Media Toolkit

The social media toolkit includes:

The official hashtags for the campaign are: #Faith2endSGBV #Faith2endGBV #OrangeTheWorld and #16days (#16días in ES and #16jours in FR)


DAY 1: November 25 – International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Get involved in the global moment. At noon gather with others in your churches, homes or another venue, and then light a candle to remember those affected by gender-based violence. Pray for those affected by gender-based violence using the prayer resource available here: DownloadPhotograph the candle lighting and post on social media with hashtags: #16Days #Faith2EndSGBV #shinealightonGBV

DAY 2: November 26 – Swap your Facebook profile picture. Help spread the word and bring awareness to GBV by changing your profile picture and inviting your Facebook friends to change theirs! Download the campaign logo and upload it as your profile picture: http://16dayscwgl.rutgers.edu/about/16-days-logos

DAY 3: November 27 – Learn how investing in girls and women improve communities. Download and share this infographic.

DAY 4: November 28 – Raise money to support Empowering Women and Gender-Based Violence Program Donate to support See example here: http://bit.ly/2faXMJV

DAY 5: November 29 – Wear Orange! Join us and UN Women on behalf of the United Nations Secretary-General’s campaign UNiTE to End Violence Against Women. The initiative is aimed at raising awareness and mobilizing action to eliminate violence against women and girls. The color orange will be a key theme unifying all activities taking place worldwide, as the official color of the UNiTE campaign and as a symbol of a bright and optimistic future free from violence against women and girls.

DAY 6: November 30 – Share the United Nations’ Orange the World poster via Twitter and Facebook. Invite your friends to take action to end violence against women.

DAY 7: December 1 – Read about Goal 5 from the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, which includes specific targets to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls.

DAY 8: December 2 – Learn about the important role faith-based organizations have to end gender-based violence in the research report ‘Silent No More’: https://wewillspeakout.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Silent-no-more-FINAL.pdf

DAY 9: December 3 – Quiz yourself. How much do you know about violence against women worldwide? For the #16Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, test your knowledge in this U.N. Women quiz! Share your results via Twitter and Facebook with #Faith2EndSGBV.

DAY 10: December 4 – Host an event – Learn what it takes to create a safe space in your congregation. Link: https://wewillspeakout.us/sacred-spaces

DAY 11: December 5 – Raise awareness on GBV within your congregation, download a copy of ‘One in Three: A Sermon Guide to Prevent Sexual Violence in Our Communities’ from the We Will Speak Out Coalition. Link: https://www.episcopalrelief.org/uploaded/images/wwso_sermon_guide.pdf

DAY 12: December 6 – Share our stories highlighting the work of faith-based organizations from around the world.

DAY 13: December 7 – Share the Violence against Women infographic to increase awareness of gender-based violence (GBV) as a global pandemic: http://bit.ly/2eHG6Gn

DAY 14: December 8 – Discover what it means to transform masculinities in our communities: https://www.wewillspeakout.org/resource-type/menandboys/

DAY 15: December 9 – PLEDGE AGAINST VIOLENCE. Please add your voice to our call to End Sexual and Gender Based-Violence!

DAY 16: December 10 – On World Humanitarian Day learn more about landmark policies that have been made over the last 25 years, since the first 16 Days Campaign in 1991: Download Factsheet. Then support the International Violence Against Women Act. FACT SHEET