Africa: 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence

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Survivors of sexual assault who have babies resulting from the violence stay in a shelter in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo.

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence is an annual international campaign that starts on 25 November, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and ends on 10 December, Human Rights Day.

The campaign aims to raise awareness about gender-based violence as a human rights issue at the local, national, regional and international level.

This year's theme is 'Let's challenge militarism and end violence against women', which advocates for awareness and action on the many intersections of gender-based violence and militarism, while highlighting the connection between the struggle for economic and social rights and ending gender-based violence.

In support of the campaign, various teams at the Institute of Development studies have come together to highlight key research, initiatives and actors working in this disturbing yet essential development area.

We've created a new Hot Topic resource page on the IDS website and from 25 November to 10 December we will be featuring blogs, interviews and resources on the IDS, BRIDGE and Eldis websites that relate to the 16 Days of Activism sub-themes which underlie the theme of militarism:

Violence Perpetrated by State Actors: State actors use the threat or act of violence to maintain or attain power;

Domestic Violence and the Role of Small Arms;

Sexual Violence During and After Conflict.

For updates follow @IDS_UK and @BRIDGE_IDS

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