16 Days of Activism
16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence is a global annual campaign that brings attention to gender violence and highlights the work of activists all over the world. Every year, each day from November 25th to December 10th, Nobel Women's Initiative highlights 16 grassroots women activists and peacebuilders working for peace, justice and equality. Subscribe to have the spotlights sent right to your inbox!
“We are of tired war. We are tired of running. We are tired of begging for bulghur wheat. We are tired of our children being raped. We are now taking this stand, to secure the future of our children. Because we believe as custodians of society, tomorrow our children will ask us, Mama what was your ...read more
Meet ANDRÉA MEDINA ROSAS—feminist human rights lawyer and independent consultant. Andréa courageously works towards defending murdered and disappeared women, many who come from Ciudad Juárez, a city on the border of Mexico and the United States.
Starting in the 1990s, Ciudad Juárez earned the ...read more
“My daughter, I hope you never think that I was not thinking of you or that it was my actions that deserved such punishment. Everything I have done is legal and within the framework of the law.” – Nasrin Sotoudeh, in a letter to her daughter from Evin prison in Iran.
Meet NASRIN ...read more
“Real feminism must acknowledge the discrimination against Arab women in Israel, and real feminism must know to identify with and struggle alongside them, at the national, civil and social levels.”
Meet HANEEN ZOABI.
Haneen is a member of the Israeli Knesset—and the first woman to have been ...read more
“We are worn out but [are] neither bent nor broken. We continue to stand erect, although with wounded and restless hearts. We bear witness to the efforts of dictators looting a fertile land nurtured by the selfless sacrifices of past and present generations.”
Meet BAHAREH HEDAYAT.
Bahareh is a ...read more
“The bloody cycle in which I live…is a vicious circle that is sustained by the choice of both sides to engage in violence. I refuse to take part in this choice.”
Meet Sahar Vardi. Sahar is an outspoken peace activist from Jerusalem who bravely started protesting against Israel’s treatment of the ...read more
Meet SHIRLEY SENG—a strong defender of the rights of women and the ethnic people of Burma.
Originally from Burma, Shirley has resided in Thailand for the past forty years. She left her country during an economic crisis that shook most of the country. In Thailand, she began passionately investing ...read more
“If you have been raped, to keep silent is to kill yourself slowly from the inside.”
Meet CHANTAL BILULU MYANGA.
Chantal is the Program Coordinator for Women and Children with Héritiers de la Justice in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). She lives in the eastern Congo along the ...read more
“We do not have an alternative but to continue fighting for peace. This is the only way forward.”
Meet Zeinab Blandia.
Zeinab is a peacemaker and community leader from the Nuba Mountains in Sudan. She has dedicated her life’s work to promoting the empowerment of women and their involvement in ...read more