16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence

November 25, 2019

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

Young girls wearing orange t-shirts march in Bengaluru, India, to protest gender-based violence.
Bishop Cotton Boys’ School / Bengaluru

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: Generation Equality Stands against Rape!”

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.

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. 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, including food security, 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: