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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.
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