Join IDRC as we observe the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence

November 23, 2016

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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:

Make sure to follow us on Twitter @IDRC_CRDI and Facebook during the #16Days campaign from November 25 to December 10 to learn more about our innovative research.

Find out more about the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and Human Rights Day.

veiled women during the hearing

Violence against women rooted in conflict over land

The road to justice was long for the women of Sepur Zarco, Guatemala. Now, 30 years later, a court has tried and convicted military officers for wartime sexual violence.

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Playlist: Family law reform

IDRC has partnered with the Women’s Learning Partnership to end gender-based violence through the reform of family law in 11 countries.

Some of the researchers involved in the development of the series.

Shattering the silence

IDRC-supported research produced the eight-book Zubaan Series on Sexual Violence and Impunity in South Asia.

A bus carrying many individuals in Pakistan

Making cities safer for women and girls

The lack of access to basic services in Pakistan’s urban centres can be a source of violence in households.

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Knowledge to action: Improving women’s lives

Top Canadian and international researchers shared some of the results of important IDRC-funded research that can improve the lives of women around the world.