16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence 2016

One in three women worldwide have experienced physical or sexual violence. IAWN hopes that the following links, resources and examples will inspire and help Anglicans around the Communion to participate in this year’s international 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence which run from 25 November (the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) to 10 December (Human Rights Day).

What happened in 2015 ?

See here for some of the inspirational ways in which Anglicans were involved with the ‘16 Days of Activism’ during 2015 .

16 dias de ativismo contra a violência contra as mulheres, Brasil

The Episcopal Anglican Church in Brazil ran a series of articles for the 16 Days (in Portuguese). Mauricio Andrade, Bishop of the Diocese of Brasília, recorded a video message. 

The 16 Days in Burundi

The Anglican Church of Burundi recorded a drama on tackling gender-based violence for radio broadcast and public performances; hosted a national forum on promoting women’s involvement in leadership and decision-making bodies to work against gender-based violence; held a road show on ending GBV and HIV/Aids and offered voluntary HIV testing; and organised public marches to raise awareness. 

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Side by Side tools and resources

The Side by Side faith movement for gender justice curated a list of 16 resources from member organisations for the 16 Days of Activism.

Click here for more

Fiji: ‘My faith says No!’

In this TV campaign, Fijian faith leaders take a stand against rape and violence against women and children.

View our webinar

The IAWN/Anglican Alliance webinar took place on 1 December 2016. Register and watch a recording of the webinar here.

Know the facts

  • UN Women Infographic on Violence against Women: Whether at home, on the streets or during war, violence against women is a global pandemic that takes place in public and private spaces. Discover some of the facts in this infographic.

Engage and act

Loving one another: A biblical discussion toolkit on gender-based violence. The Scottish Episcopal Church and Christian Aid have collaborated to produce this resource based on material tried and tested by the Anglican Church in Brazil (Igreja Episcopal Anglicana do Brasil).

The resource exposes the spectrum of violence faced by women and girls and seeks transformation that goes to the heart of our faith. 

Focus on safe education for girls

  • Anglicans have joined together with Lutherans, the World Council of Churches, the World YWCA, the World Communion of Reformed Churches, Islamic Relief Worldwide and others to focus on ending violence against girls and young women in education. Our Girls with Power & Dignity website has a whole range of resources such as a calendar of stories and reflections, videos and liturgical material.
  • The Church of South India and the Church of North India, along with other Churches who are members of the National Council of Churches in India, will focus on the dignity and rights of children, especially the girl-child. On 10 December, Sunday School teachers are being invited to talk about safe-guarding. More information from Moumita Biswas of the All India Council for Christian Women
  • Girlguiding in the UK is running an advocacy campaign demanding that governments take action to end sexual harassment in schools so that no girl has to experience it when she is trying to learn.

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Pray and reflect

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Hold a Service

  • The Mothers’ Union in all twelve dioceses of the Church of Ireland will hold prayer vigils for the 16 Days on Saturday 26 November. More information from Iris Suitor.
  • ‘Holding the Light’: St Peter’s Eastern Hill in East Melbourne in Australia will hold an ecumenical service to remember victims and survivors of domestic violence at 2.30pm on Sunday 4 December. Their special guests will be those who have lost loved ones, as well as survivors of family violence. More information from Dr Ree Boddé of Think Prevent.
  • Ask your church leaders to speak out. In the Diocese of Kolkata in the Church of South India, Bishop Ashoke Biswas has joined other Church leaders in a statement that will be read out in churches during Services on 27 November.
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Engage with youth

  • Gender-based violence and HIV are twin pandemics. As its 16 Days focus, the Anglican Church of Rwanda will bring together 200 young people for their own conference on this topic. More information from Immaculée Nyiransengimana
  • The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts has gathered resources to support its campaign to Stop the Violence. These include activity kits for children and young people in different age groups.
  • In the Diocese of Jerusalem, the women's coordinating committee is preparing a workshop for young people on responding to violence against women. The workshop 'An Invitation for Peace, an Invitation for Love' will take place in Jordan on 25 November, the first day of the 16 Days of Activism. Young women and men 18 to 30 years old from the eight Episcopal Churches in Jordan are invited to the workshop along with some teachers from Episcopal schools. The workshop will raise awareness among the participants with the hope that future issues of concern will follow and recommendations will be sent to the Diocesan Office. More information from Leila Diab

Focus on human trafficking and modern day slavery

Slavery is big business. Human traffickers make $150 billion a year in profits (www.humanrightsfirst.org). Millions of lives are diminished and devastated.

See here for information, links and resources.

Join the Mothers’ Union Global Moment

At midday on 25 November, wherever you are in the world, mark the start of these 16 Days with a lighted candle and a time of prayer or reflection. More information and Mothers’ Union resources for the 16 Days are here.