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24 November 2021

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Joint PR-16 Days of Activism Campaign Against GBV – Women’s Rights Groups Claim Back the Space! 24/11/2021

    16 Days of Activism Campaign Against GBV –

Women’s Rights Groups Claim Back the Space!

A joint statement by Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre (FWCC), Fiji Women’s Rights Movement (FWRM) and femLINKpacific

24/11/2021

On the eve of this year’s 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence (GBV), three women’s organisations - Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre, Fiji Women’s Rights Movement and femLINKpacific come together to share the origins of the feminist incepted and led campaign in recognition of the work of the women’s movement towards the elimination of GBV.

30 years ago in 1991, the 16 Days of Activism Against GBV, was incepted by 23 women who met for the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute (WGLI) at the Centre for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) in New Jersey, USA. The women represented different women's groups and civil society organisations around the world and met to share women’s lived realities and experiences including the soaring global statistics on GBV. The campaign was then launched as a strategy to increase awareness of gender-based violence as a violation of women’s human rights.

These women who had set the scene for the now successful global 16 days campaign against GBV also included our very own women’s rights activist and defender; FWCC Coordinator, Shamima Ali.

FWCC, FWRM and femLINKpacific remind us all of the work that the global women’s movement has committed on the 30th year of the campaign and emphasise the urgency of addressing the root causes of this massive human rights issue, further exacerbated by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change and tropical disasters.

“As the women’s movement and other human rights groups begin the campaign tomorrow (25th November) on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, we need to be aware of the origins of the campaign and why it began, claiming back the space and the spotlight on the different ways violence is faced by women and girls. We must ensure the space for women to share their experiences and prioritise their needs. The FWCC research shows that 64% of women experience violence in their lifetime. Another FWRM research states that it takes 868 days for a woman to report her issues of violence to the police. femLINKpacific's rural women's network continuously share their experiences on these issues as well. Why? What can we do to address this?” the women’s group stated.

FWCC, FWRM and femLINKpacific encourage everyone to participate in the 16 days campaign by sharing information, calling out toxic masculinity, promoting gender equality and encouraging women’s participation in all spaces where their voices are heard and issues addressed. The group also demands accountability to international conventions that address the violation of women’s rights and gender inequalities.

The 16 days of activism against GBV begins from the 25th of November and culminates on the 10th of December – Human Rights Day. This 16-day period also highlights other significant dates including November 29, International Women Human Rights Defenders Day, December 1, World AIDS Day, and December 6, marking the commemoration of the Montreal Massacre.

This year, the global theme as set by CWGL for the campaign focuses on Domestic Violence in the World of Work and the Ratification of Violence and Harassment Convention 2019. 

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