16 January 2009
|The “16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence” is an international campaign originating from the first Women’s Global Leadership institute sponsored by the Centre for Women’s Global Leadership in 1991.|
In Kajo Keji, hundreds of county
residents gathered for the launch of the campaign on November 25, 2008. Activities started
with Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) campaigns in six primary and four
secondary schools. The campaigns were conducted in both JRS supported and
government aided schools to address the issue of early or forced marriage,
defilement and rape since SGBV is associated with sexual transmitted diseases
like HIV/AIDS. At the same time the campaign was a
In preparation of the campaign,
different radio talk shows have been conducted on topics like SGBV key concepts
and effects of SGBV, physical and psychosocial impacts, response and referral
mechanism, prevention, legal aspects of SGBV, the relationship between SGBV and
HIV/AIDS and the social discrimination people living with HIV/AIDS experience.
International Day Against Violence Against Women and International Human Rights Day coincide
The campaign has been funded by the
UN refugee agency (UNHCR) and organised in a joint effort by UNHCR, several
Being the first joint sensitisation, the campaign received a great deal of appreciation from the community that called for continued campaigns in subsequent years. The campaign has been the first in the county where other agencies were involved by UNHCR, including JRS which took an active role. It is our hope that attitudes in regard to gender violence will change if such campaigns are conducted consistently.
The “16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence” is an international campaign originating from the first Women’s Global Leadership institute sponsored by the Centre for Women’s Global Leadership in 1991. Participants chose the dates, November 25, International Day Against Violence Against Women and December 10, International Human Rights Day, in order to symbolically link violence against women and human rights and to emphasise that such violence is a violation of human rights.