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16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

29th Dec 2014 by admin - , (0) Comment

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The Amnesty International (AI) Group at UWC Mahindra College is led by dedicated students from all over the world who believe that social justice is achievable. One of the only two official AI groups in India, Amnesty International Group at UWCMC works to promote and create awareness about a wide array of social issues that can be positively influenced through activism and campaigning. During the last semester, AI at the college participated in the 16 days of activism to create noise and awareness, and engage in activism against gender-based violence. 

“The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence is an international campaign that starts on 25 November, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and ends on 10 December, Human Rights Day. The campaign hopes to raise awareness about gender-based violence as a human rights issue at the local, national, regional and international level. This year’s theme is ”Let’s challenge militarism and end violence against women.” 

During the 16 Days of Activism, Amnesty International’s focus is on ending violence against women and girls in the following countries:

  • Bangladesh
  • Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
  • Egypt
  • Syria
  • Sudan

“The 16 Days Campaign has been used as an organising strategy by individuals and groups around the world to call for the elimination of all forms of violence against women by:

  • raising awareness about gender-based violence as a human rights issue at the local, national, regional and international levels
  • strengthening local work around violence against women
  • establishing a clear link between local and international work to end violence against women
  • providing a forum in which organisers can develop and share new and effective strategies
  • demonstrating the solidarity of women around the world organising against violence against women
  • creating tools to pressure governments to implement promises made to eliminate violence against women
Over 5, 179 organisations in approximately 187 countries have participated in the 16 Days Campaign since 1991!” (Source: Amnesty International website)

Learn more about the global campaign here

As a college community, how did we contribute to this campaign at a local level? 

  • Students organised the feminism panel to discuss issues of gender-based violence that encompass, but are not limited to, physical and psychological violence, gender deconstruction, discourse on masculinity, sexism, female genital mutilation, and objectification.
  • Movie screenings
  • Secret box  to share stories of violence and personal experiences 
  • Short play to illustrate issues of violence
  • posters for a day  that raise voices against gender-based stereotypes 
  • Open GenSex session on the gender-based violence
  • Art exhibition 
  • Map of the world where gender-based violence happens (everywhere!)
  • Bulletin Boards featuring laws against gender-based violence in the workplace

For the entire community, these 16 days of activism sparked a meaningful discussion and allowed room for new perspectives, leading to sustained dialogue as we continue the fight against gender-based violence. Beyond the hill, UWCMC alumna Orsolya Jeney (Class of 2000) is currently the Director of Amnesty International in Hungary. When she heard about the work of our students, she was immensely happy to see the passion for social justice amongst students today. Her work involves raising awareness about human rights concerns, mobilising people, and nurturing mutual understanding and respect. 

How have you been advocating for human rights and social justice? Share your stories with us at [email protected] or write your comments below.

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