Today it is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, which also marks the beginning of the international campaign “16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence”. During sixteen days, organisations and individuals all over the world raise public awareness of violence against women and girls.
WILPF has supported this campaign since its beginning. Living free from violence of any kind is a human right, and leads to sustainable peace. Campaigns like #OrangeTheWorld, #HearMeToo, #EndVAW are powerful tools to counter violence against women. They gather the strength of feminist activists to share a message with the world. Change is possible. Violence against women can be stopped.
Tarana Burke, the founder of the #MeToo movement, mentions the importance of change and dialogue in her quote used for the #OrangeTheWorld campaign. “There has to be a shift in culture. We have to have conversations about systems that are in place that allow sexual violence to flourish.”
WILPF at the forefront
Since our founding during World War I, WILPF’s members have gathered to address the root causes of war and violence. Violence against women is one of those, and already in 1919 — yes, 1919, not 2019! — WILPF made the connection between the level of violence against women in a society and peace.
“Social progress is dependent upon the status of the women in the community,” reads the WILPF Congress Resolution from 1919.
The status of women and their role in the society vary a lot depending of the country and can be particularly put in jeopardy in armed-conflict zones. Our members are facing various challenges, but they share the same vision of peace and strive to a world where equality is the norm and violence is a memory.
For this special day, and to illustrate one form of violence against women, we share the video of one of our partners in Syria, Radio Souriat. Watch “The dreams do not wait” and listen to the hopes, dreams, and expectations of Syrian women, living in a society where the most simple rights are still denied to women.
This year WILPF supports the #16days campaign by sharing a selection of important facts, quotes, images and videos from the UN Women on our social media and website.
Be part of the change and join the Feminist Peace Movement.
Join us in the campaign! Share on social media with the Hashtags #OrangeTheWorld, #HearMeToo, #EndVAW, #16days and take action to end violence against women.