16 Days Activism 2012

Date: Monday, November 19, 2012

16 Days of Activism 25 November - 10 December

The UN Women Caribbean Office is funding a number of NGO activities in response to its 2012-16 Days of Activism Call for Proposals. These are:
  1. Rape Crisis Society (RCS), Trinidad & TobagoLet’s Talk, Stop the Violence.
  2. Help & Shelter (H&S), GuyanaProduction of a Documentary on Domestic Violence.
  3. Caribbean Association for Feminist Research & Action/Trinidad & Tobago (CAFRA/T&T). Seminar on domestic violence and pregnancy.
  4. YWCA BarbadosWalk A Mile in Her Shoes
  5. The United Youth Leaders of BarbadosYouth retreat on CARICOM, HIV/AIDS and Gender-based violence
  6. ASPIRE of Trinidad and Tobago.Respectful Relationships Campaign which includesCreative Arts Interventions for at risk youth.

In addition the regional National Women's Machinery traditionally organise several activities during this period.

Please click here to access the Antigua and Barbuda Directorate of Gender Affairs Calendar.

Barbados' calendar of activities

Commonwealth of Dominica calendar of activities

Suriname 16 Days of Activism activities

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence is an international campaign originating from the first Women's Global Leadership Institute coordinated by the Center 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 emphasize that such violence is a violation of human rights.

This 16-day period also highlights other significant dates including November 29, International Women Human Rights Defenders Day, December 1, World AIDS Day, and December 6, which marks the Anniversary of the Montreal Massacre. 

The 16 Days Campaign has been used as an organizing 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 organizers can develop and share new and effective strategies
  • demonstrating the solidarity of women around the world organizing against violence against women
  • creating tools to pressure governments to implement promises made to eliminate violence against women