Join IDRC as we observe the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence
November 23, 2016
The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on November 25 marks the first of 16 days of activism against gender-based violence, ending on Human Rights Day, December 10. The World Health Organization reports that 35% of the world’s women and girls experience sexual or physical violence in their lifetime.
This year’s 16 Days theme is “Orange the world: Raise money to end violence against women and girls”. It is an opportunity to draw global attention to the need for financing initiatives to prevent and end violence against women. Frameworks such as the Sustainable Development Goals include targets to end violence against women and girls, but they can only bring about real and significant changes in the lives of women and girls if they are sustainably funded.
Canada has a strong voice in the fight against sexual violence, and IDRC’s Governance and Justice program supports innovative research to identify the root causes of gender-based violence in developing countries, and to find solutions to prevent and overcome it. IDRC grantees are generating critical evidence on effecting legal reforms, challenging attitudes to sexual violence, introducing new systems to record complaints, securing help for victims, and empowering local communities.
Learn more about IDRC-supported projects focused on stopping gender-based violence and Governance and Justice program:
- Ending sexual and gender-based violence: From knowledge to action
- Sexual harassment in Cairo: The effectiveness of crowdsourced data
- Improving the Lives of Women and Indigenous Peoples in Mexico
- Addressing the barriers to young women’s economic empowerment in Bangladesh
- Humsathi: Empowering girls to become their own advocates and boys as allies to end early child and forced marriage
- Video edutainment: Impact on maternal and infant outcomes in Toro, Nigeria
- Struggling for safe access to water and sanitation
- Making growth work for women in low-income countries
- Preventing early marriage in urban poor settlements in Bangladesh
- Combating early marriages by empowering girls in West Africa
Find out more about the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and Human Rights Day.
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