16 days of activism: united to defend the right to a life free from violence

Proclaimed in 1999 by the United Nations, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women has been celebrated since 1981 by feminist activists around the world, and particularly in Latin America. The date was chosen in memory of the Mirabal sisters, also known as the Mariposas sisters. Activists and opponents of Rafael Trujillo’s regime in the Dominican Republic, they were brutally murdered on November 25, 1960. Imprisoned and repeatedly tortured for years, they firmly resisted the dictatorship. Symbols of the struggle against oppression, the date of their assassination has now become a day of rallies around the world to demand the right of women to live free from violence.

Taking action during the 16 days of activism

November 25 also marks the kick-off to the 16 Days of Activism. All over the world, committed activists, associations and volunteers are organizing demonstrations, events, advocacy actions, awareness-raising and training workshops, and social networking campaigns. In short, a wave of orange and violet is sweeping the world for 16 days every year until December 10, International Human Rights Day.

This year’s 16 Days of Activism campaign will be marked by direct appeals to government leaders around the world to demand investment and action in the prevention of gender-based violence. It has been clear for many years that the fight against violence cannot be won without education to change mentalities and behavior.

To find out more: The Gender Norms Index (UNDP)

Associations in action!

The 230 associations supported by Feminists in Action around the world are obviously mobilized this year! From Cambodia to Ecuador, via Madagascar and Togo, the Féministes en Action community will be present and vocal to make the voices of the women and activists who fight every day to enable everyone to live a life free of violence.

Discover the interactive map of their actions around the world and follow them to support their actions!