Along with women’s organizations worldwide, Nobel Women’s Initiative is again taking part in the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence. For 16 days — from November 25th to December 10th — Nobel Women’s Initiative will spotlight women activists from around the globe. This year, in honour of the new International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict, we feature activists who are working courageously to end rape and gender violence around the world.
Their work takes on myriad forms –fighting to reduce small arms, using media to inform and empower, political involvement and shaping legislation, participating in peace negotiations, research and gathering data, grassroots organizing, education, legal defense, military reform and more. Over the next 16 days we will introduce you to women using all of these strategies to end the scourge of rape and gender violence in conflict.
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Chantal Bilulu has worked for 8 years with Heritiers de la Justice, to restore dignity and livelihoods to women in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). In her country, women’s daily challenges of poverty and hunger are multiplied by an epidemic of rape – a common weapon in the ongoing resource war.
Luz Mendez is a woman’s rights activist from Guatemala, who has been working tirelessly to bring an end to impunity against crimes of sexual violence committed by state forces. Luz works to provide “alternative’ justice and reparations from the Guatemalan judicial system.
K’nyaw Paw is a young activist working to change the lives of women in Burma. She works with the Karen Women Organization, a community based organization of Karen women in development and relief in the refugee camps on the Thai border. For decades the Burmese military has targeted women and K’nyaw Paw works to bring justice to these women.
Visit our blog each day to meet 16 extraordinary women doing amazing work – or this year, for the first time, you can subscribe by email to have a profile delivered to your inbox each day of the 16 Days of Activism.
16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence is a global annual campaign which aims to bring attention to gender violence and highlight the work of activists all over the world. It was first initiated by the Women’s Global Leadership Institute sponsored by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership in 1991. The campaign begins on November 25, the International Day Against Violence Against Women, and runs until December 10, International Human Rights Day. This year’s campaign theme is ‘From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Let’s Challenge Militarism and End Violence Against Women’.