Violence against women is a prevalent and disturbing phenomenon that spans across cultures and continents. According to the World Health Organisation, 1 in 3 women across the world will suffer from physical or sexual violence. The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) and many others are here to publicize this staggering and underreported statistic.
For the next 16 days, WILPF will participate in the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign coordinated by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) at Rutgers University. This year’s campaign’s theme From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Let’s Challenge Militarism and End Gender-Based Violence! will highlight militarism and its role in proliferating and exacerbating gender-based violence.
WILPF has long understood the ability of small arms and weapons to perpetuate violence against women. This year, we fought hard for the Arms Trade Treaty to include a gender component in illegal arms trade. And with the help of our supporters, and advocates of women’s rights everywhere, WILPF was successful.
For the next 16 days, from November 25th to December 10th, WILPF will participate in Rutger’s Campaign by hosting a Facebook and Twitter Campaign. Each day, through WILPF’s International and Sections’ Facebook and Twitter pages, we will highlight how our organisation has fought, and will continue to fight, for a world where women can live free from the fear of violence.