16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

November 25, 2020

Collective action against gender-based violence is needed more than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Accompanying the crisis has been a spike in domestic violence reporting at exactly the time that services, including rule of law, health and shelters, are being diverted to address the pandemic,” stated a United Nations Secretary General's report.


Women march to end violence in Tanzania.
UN Women

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

This year’s 16 Days theme “Orange the World: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect!” recognizes the need to support women and girl survivors of violence to stay safe and free of violence.

Orange is the official campaign colour because it 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 sexual violence. IDRC’s 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, including the socio-economic impacts of COVID-19, digital innovations, maternal and child health, and women’s economic empowerment, also addresses the many forms of gender-based violence.

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

Changing gender norms to improve maternal and child health

Dreaming of a better life: Child marriage through adolescent eyes

New projects assess socio-economic impacts of COVID-19 on vulnerable populations

Anti-poverty programs can also champion gender equality

IDRC partner Glasswing International wins 2020 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship

Tackling gender-based violence at work, in transit, and online