Today, November 25th, is the beginning of the UN 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. Over the next 16 days Women in News will be providing 16 actions that journalists and editors can take to help prevent and draw attention to GBV – against themselves, and in their communities.
Women journalists are exposed to violence regularly, whether covering it, or on the receiving end of acts of violence such as online abuse, sexual harassment and assault, said WIN Executive Director Melanie Walker.
“We want to support the global UN 16 Days of Action campaign and bring the experiences of women in the media industry into the broader discussion around GBV. We hope the campaign will help shine the light on the scale of GBV and hope that journalists and editors will amplify the messages.”
WIN’s 16 Actions campaign will add our voice to the individuals and groups all over the world who are calling for the elimination of all forms of violence against women and sharing resources and tools to do so.
HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED
If you’ve experienced or witnessed gender-based violence and want to share your story with WIN, send it in to our Manager of Research and Digital firstname.lastname@example.org. We will share them with our community – and can do so anonymously if you prefer.
The campaign has been around since 1991 and runs between two key dates – November 25th, the International Day Against Violence Against Women and December 10th, International Human Rights Day – linking violence against women as a violation of human rights.
The annual campaign has a distinctive colour, orange, symbolising a brighter future, free of violence. It is used to show solidarity in eliminating all forms of violence.
Find a full calendar of activity for the next 16 days below and make sure to stay tuned on our social media channels and our website to get all the latest content. Make sure to tag us @womeninnews on Twitter, @WINatWAN on Facebook and hashtag #16DaysOfActivism #OrangetheWorld on any content you use or share.
TIMETABLE OF ACTIVITY FOR 16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM