The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign that kicks off on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs until 10 December, Human Rights Day.
The 16 Days of Activism campaign was started by activists at the inaugural Women’s Global Leadership Institute in 1991 and continues to be coordinated each year by UN Women. It is used as an organizing strategy by individuals and organizations around the world to call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls.
Every year, the UNiTE Campaign focuses on a specific theme. This year’s theme is “UNITE! Activism to end violence against women and girls” and invites everyone to play their role in ending violence against women and girls, show support and solidarity to women’s rights activists, and resist the rollback on women’s rights.
This year for 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, Intersex Nigeria is focusing its activities on intersectionality. Intersectionality is the acknowledgment that everyone has their own unique experiences of discrimination and oppression and we must consider everything and anything that can marginalize people – gender, race, class, sexual orientation, physical disability, etc.
Gender-based violence intersects with multiple axes of oppression. In order to adequately address gender-based violence, intersectional approaches should be included, because various axes of oppression are integral and they intersect along every level of identification. The Executive Director of The Initiative for Equal Rights, Remi Makinde shared the quote below;
“We must recognize the intersections between our collective struggles
and unite against all forms of violence everywhere. I am committed to
advocating for the rights of all persons and you should too.”
Each of us has a role to play, we can all be allies to women, girls, and intersex persons, by amplifying their voices and challenging harmful stereotypes. Join us in our fight to end violence against women, girls, and Intersex persons