16 Days Of Activism Against Gender Violence

by Cara on November 25, 2007

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[Cross-posted from Feministe]

Today kicks off the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence (h/t).

The days of action start with The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women — which is today — and ends on December 10 with International Human Rights Day. I think that this is an absolutely amazing structure: beginning discussion relatively narrowly and then building up to a broader world view to remind people that gender issues are human rights issues.

This year’s theme is Demanding Implentation, Challenging Obstacles: End Violence Against Women, and you should read more about it.

I very strongly recommend that you check out Sokari at Black Looks for more information about the 16 Days and for information about the Carnival Against Gender Violence, for which submission are due December 6th. Personally, I can’t wait to see it.

If you happen to be in NYC, check out these events. For everyone, here is a great resource for suggested actions (pdf).

And as a blogger, I encourage all others to blog on the topic as much as possible for the next 16 days (and thereafter). Of course, blogging is neither the only nor most effective method of activism, but I also think that it plays an important role. If you read liberal blogs that don’t normally cover “gender issues,” strongly encourage them to participate (and demand answers if they won’t). If you run a non-feminist blog, or read other non-feminist blogs by writers that you know care about women, let them know and encourage them to blog about the issue, too. The issue of gender violence is an absolutely massive one, considering the many forms that violence can and does take and all of the intersections of race, sexual orientation, age, nationality, class, religion, location, etc. It has more dimensions than I imagine the combined efforts of every feminist blogger working diligently for the entire 16 days could fully cover. And that’s why it’s so important to say as much as we can. I will be covering the issue of gender violence as much as possible on my own blog for the 16 Days.

You can also download the 16 Days logo, which I encourage you to put in any posts that you write, in your sidebars, on your myspace page, etc. And don’t hesitate to create a “16 Days” tag so that your posts will be easier to find. Please, participate and let people know that you’re participating.

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{ 6 comments }

1 Holly November 25, 2007 at 3:52 pm

Amazing post! I’m also going to (try to) blog as much as possible about these topics for the next 16 days. It is most definitely something that more people should be speaking up about.

2 Craig November 25, 2007 at 7:06 pm

Oh for God’s sake.
It always has to be violence against WOMEN because it NEVER happens to men, does it.
And don’t throw your bullshit statistics at me because I know damn well that they are misandryist feminist dogma.
If you REALLY advocate equal opportunities for both genders then practice what you preach because, face it, feminism is incredibly one sided.

3 Cara November 25, 2007 at 7:25 pm

Ooooh. If there were troll awards to give out, Craig here would have just won one. Incoherence goes for the gold every time.

In any case, he’s banned. What an egotistical, hateful fucking moron.

4 brandann November 27, 2007 at 3:06 am

oh noes! he is on to our misandryist feminist dogma! time to regroup! (don’t feed the trolls i know…)

but GREAT post! already done and blogged about it. i am going to embrace this as a learning opportunity, become more informed. thanks!

my post here

5 katiegaa November 27, 2007 at 4:03 pm

I’m an intern with the Global AIDS Alliance. Because World AIDS Day falls right in the middle of 16 Days, we have put together a toolkit to raise awareness about the link between gender-based violence and HIV/AIDS. I encourage anyone who would like to plan an event in their area or would just like more information to check out our website.

6 Cara November 27, 2007 at 4:22 pm

Thanks for the info! World AIDS Day is definitely considered an important part of the 16 Days campaign. I don’t think that we can talk about global HIV/AIDS without talking about gender-based violence, so it’s great to see others out there making the connection!

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