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16 Days of Activism

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16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence runs from November 25th to December 10 annually.

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence is an international campaign originating from the first Women's Global Leadership Institute sponsored 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
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Waiting for justice

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Waiting for justice
Githurai, a dusty township precariously straddling Nairobi and Thika districts, is a busy, frenetic place that offers anonymity and functionality in its numerous unplanned structures, itinerant trader stalls and small businesses to serve its growing population.

From her tiny shop, the sign still fresh with paint, Alice Ng’ang’a peers hopefully through the window wire mesh as a customer approaches.

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Spit and move forward

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Myra KaraniMyra Karani’s world has been turned upside down. Five years ago, the Young Women’s Leadership Institute where she works as a programme officer was focused on helping women to break down the barriers that hinder them from taking up decision-making positions.

Now, all that seems so distant.

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Shot in the jaw

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Alice AtienoShe arrived at the hospital in a coma. The doctors gave her one look and decided that hers was a minor injury. She would remain in a coma for two weeks.

After six weeks’ stay at the New Nyanza Provincial General Hospital, she would be discharged – on condition that she attends the referral Kenyatta National Hospital for specialised treatment.

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