On Saturday the 25th of November, International Day Against Violence Against Women, the annual worldwide campaign against gender-based violence took off. Every year, thousands of organizations from all over the world participate in the so-called #16days campaign. For 16 days, these organizations are devoted to a call for the elimination of all forms of gender-based violence. The campaign ends on the 10th December, International Human Rights Day.
Unfortunately, since the introduction of this campaign in 1991, there is still a strong need to emphasize violence against women as a human rights issue. Cordaid is very proud to be one of these organizations that pays attention to the elimination of all forms of gender-based violence, be it on the work floor or through various local projects.
Women, Peace & Security Barometer
Through many of our programs, we work on the elimination of gender-based violence, on the increased participation of women and to improve access to justice for women. One of these projects is the Women, Peace & Security Barometer, an initiative that brings women together to identify the most pressing security issues in their community and to monitor them, including gender-based violence.
With the recent #metoo campaign in mind, we have decided to increase awareness of this global issue within our own headquarters and country offices. On November the 23rd, we organized a workshop session where Cordaid staff had the opportunity to learn and share information about ending gender-based violence.
Head of Cordaid’s Security & Justice department Hetty Burgman, informed everyone on our code of conduct and provided concrete examples of how the change of individual behavior can change the course of gender-based violence.
Eliminate gender-based violence
The workshop ended with the opportunity for everyone to write down their personal pledge to eliminate this type of violence. Through our Cordaid social media channels, we will also share the work Cordaid is doing and showing our commitment to eliminate gender-based violence.
Do you want to know more about the 16 days of activism campaign in general? Have a look at the following official channels.