16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence

November 24, 2018

The World Health Organization estimates that 35% of the world’s women and girls experience sexual or physical violence in their lifetime.

The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on November 25 — which marks the first of 16 days of activism against gender-based violence and culminates with Human Rights Day on December 10 — advocates for greater awareness and action to put an end to deeply rooted gender-based violence and discrimination.

This year’s 16 Days theme “Orange the world: #HearMeToo” recognizes women, girls, and LGBTQI2 people as they speak out about the violence they experience, particularly in marginalized and underserved communities that include refugees, minorities, indigenous peoples, and those affected by conflict and natural disasters.

The official campaign colour is orange, which symbolizes a brighter future. It will be featured prominently in events and activities globally.

IDRC-supported research contributes to Canada’s strong voice in the fight against gender-based violence. The Centre’s Governance and Justice program supports innovative research to identify the root causes of sexual and gender-based violence and to find solutions in preventing and overcoming it in developing countries. Our support for research in many other areas — such as digital innovation, climate change, maternal and child health, and women’s economic empowerment — also addresses many forms of gender-based violence.

Learn more about how IDRC-supported projects are generating critical evidence to put an end to gender-based violence: