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[16days_discussion] PRESS RELEASE: 16 Days Campaign Challenges Militarism and Violence Against Women

Center for Women's Global Leadership cwgl at rci.rutgers.edu
Wed Nov 23 10:05:20 EST 2011


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*CON**TAC**T: Julie Ann Salthouse, 16 Days Campaign Coordinator*

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*FOR IMME**DIATE RELEASE*

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*16 DAYS CAMPAIGN CHALLENGES MILITARISM AND VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN*

*/Hundreds of Events Planned Worldwide/*

New Brunswick, New Jersey---On November 25, 2011, the Center for Women's 
Global Leadership (CWGL) will launch the 16 Days of Activism Against 
Gender Violence Campaign.*/Hundreds of events by organizations worldwide 
are planned to campaign against gender-based violence/*, which is 
experienced by up to 70 % of women in their lifetime, according to the 
United Nations.It is estimated that */worldwide, one in five women will 
experience rape or attempted rape/*.Women aged 15-44 are more at risk 
from rape and domestic violence than from cancer, car accidents, war, 
and malaria.

The 16 Days Campaign begins on November 25, the International Day 
Against Violence Against Women, and ends on December 10, International 
Human Rights Day.These dates symbolically link violence against women 
and human rights, and emphasize that such violence is a human rights 
violation.The 16 Days Campaign theme, /From Peace in the Home to Peace 
in the World: Let's Challenge Militarism and End Violence Against 
Women!/, puts the spotlight on militarism and its role in perpetuating 
violence against women and girls."The violence we encounter is often 
profoundly influenced by national, regional, and international policies 
and practices, and challenges us to act in solidarity to promote an end 
to militarism and violence against women," says Dr. Radhika 
Balakrishnan, Executive Director of the Center for Women's Global 
Leadership; the coordinator of the 16 Days Campaign.

Over 250 events are planned worldwide to call for an end to militarism 
and violence against women, including:

·A Silent No More! march through Yerevan, *Armenia*, focusing on 
violence against women;

·Across Alice Springs, *Australia*, a series of arts events focused on 
women's resilience is organized, including a quilt exhibition;

·In Lagos, *Nigeria* student trainings and dialogues with media outlets 
will be held to sensitize communities about gender-based violence;

·The Center for Women's Global Leadership will co-host a Java n' Justice 
Coffeehouse, featuring a military fashion show, at Rutgers University in 
New Jersey, *USA*.

This year, the Center is also partnering with Stardoll to bring the 16 
Days Campaign to the online media site's over 130 million users between 
the ages of 13 and 17 years old.Since 1991, the annual 16 Days Campaign 
has mobilized more than 3,700 organizations in 164 countries to raise 
awareness about the pervasiveness of the multiple forms of violence 
women face.From Afghanistan to Iceland, the 16 Days Campaign has grown 
into a powerful platform to educate the public and governments about 
violence against women and human rights.

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence is an international 
campaign original from the Center for Women's Global Leadership at 
Rutgers University in 1991. For more information, visit 
http://16dayscwgl.rutgers.edu/.


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