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16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

November 23, 2016
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Join the Episcopal Public Policy Network with Episcopal Relief & Development and the We Will Speak Out Coalition in recognizing the “16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence,” a campaign aimed at raising awareness and mobilizing action to eliminate violence against women and girls. The campaign will begin this Friday, November 25th, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and will end on December 10th, International Human Rights Day.

Gender-based Violence (GBV) impacts the health and well-being of women in every country, regardless of socio-economic status. Stemming from social norms, attitudes and cultural practices, GBV is a complex and sensitive issue. Faith leaders can have a unique position of trust and influence when they speak out against gender-based violence, and given their visibility, they can deliver vital messaging to a broad audience. Yet, all of us who are committed to living out our Baptismal covenant have the responsibility at the individual level to speak out against GBV and to encourage effective change in our communities.

What can you do?

  1. Use this day-by-day schedule on how to participate in each of the 16 Days of Activism 
  2. Learn more about GBV with this fact sheet 
  3. Take the pledge to end sexual violence 

Together, we can end gender-based violence.

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