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[16days_discussion] For Immediate Release: The 16 Days Campaign Joins Activists From Around the World

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Thu Nov 21 11:01:52 EST 2013


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The 16 Days Campaign Joins Activists From Around the World*

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/New Brunswick, NJ, November 21, 2013/---On November 25, 2013, the 
Center for Women's Global Leadership (CWGL) at Rutgers University will 
launch the 23^rd annual 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based 
Violence Campaign. CWGL will join thousands of activists from around the 
world in a call for an end to gender-based violence and more substantial 
responses on the part of governments to act with due diligence in 
protecting and preventing gender-based violence. Numerous events are 
planned for the 16 Days Campaign. Participating organizations include: 
Mesa Local contra la Violencia de Género de San Isidro (Argentina); 
Women's Aid (Ireland); National Center Against Violence (Mongolia);YUWA 
(Nepal); Vuk'uWazi Institute for Social Change (South Africa); and Kenaz 
- Desarrollo de Proyectos Sociales (Spain), among many others.

Symbolically designated to emphasize that gender-based violence is a 
human rights violation, the 16 Days Campaign begins on International Day 
for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (November 25) and 
concludes on International Human Rights Day (December 10). The Campaign 
theme, *"/From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Let's Challenge 
Militarism and End Violence Against Women!"/* highlights the 
intersections of gender-based violence and militarism, as well as the 
related issues of economic and social rights experienced by women and 
their communities.

As militarism continues to be a key source of gender-based violence, 
with detrimental consequences for the safety and security of women, 
children, and men, CWGL is engaging with 16 Days Campaign participants 
to challenge the normalization of militarism and strengthen advocacy 
against socioeconomic structures that perpetuate gender-based violence. 
The Campaign acknowledges that violent masculinities, harmful 
traditions, and legal policies help normalize gender-based violence and 
impunity. The impact of militarism can be seen in the way military 
budgets and war are supported while ignoring the daily lives of women, 
children, and men who are denied social, political, economic rights and 
attacked or killed for advocating for these rights.

"Gender-based violence and militarism are deeply interconnected with 
economic and social rights. It is not enough to simply say we must end 
gender-based violence; economic access and social equality are 
structurally part of the full realization of the human rights of all 
individuals. When women are empowered economically and security is 
ensured, the world stands to gain" says Dr. Radhika Balakrishnan, 
Executive Director of CWGL, global coordinator of the 16 Days Campaign.

CWGL is hosting a social media mobilization effort on Twitter and 
Facebook throughout the 16 Days Campaign, and will be sharing a 
"Question of the Day," blogs on various aspects of the Campaign theme, 
and other information on resources and planned events worldwide. Follow 
*@16DaysCampaign* and use the *#16days* hashtag to join the discussion.

There is no country and no society unaffected by gender-based violence 
and it continues to be the responsibility of all people to bring an end 
to this human rights violation. From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, the 16 
Days Campaign is a powerful platform to raise the call for an end to 
gender-based violence and to advocate for the full realization of human 
rights and achievement of gender equality.

For more information, visit http://16dayscwgl.rutgers.edu/.

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