For a number of years, WLUML has hosted a number of transnational actions in connection with the annual 16 Days Campaign against Gender-Based Violence. Since it was first launched in 1991 by CWGL, the 16 days of Activism Against Gender Violence international campaign has mobilized more than 4,100 organizations in 172 countries, raising awareness and educating the public worldwide about the pervasiveness of gender-based violence.
The campaign is intended to a) raise awareness about gender-based violence against women as a human rights issue at the local, national, regional and international levels; b) strengthen local work around gender-based violence against women by sharing their stories and their strategies; c) establish links between local and international advocacy to end gender-based violence against women; d) provide a forum in which organizers can develop and share new and effective strategies; e) demonstrate the solidarity of women around the world working against gender-based violence against women; and f) create tools and information to allow governments to implement commitments to eliminate gender-based violence against women.
Some of the WLUML network’s 16 Days initiatives include:
- In 2010, national partners of the VNC campaign in Indonesia, Pakistan, Sudan and Senegal carried out a series of actions to highlight feminist resistance against CVAW;
- In 2012, the network highlighted 16 blogs and op-eds by and about members who have engaged in urgent activism, including Sudan, Iran, Mali, Tunisia, Libya and Egypt;
- In 2014, WLUML coordinated a blogging series by young women activists in the WELDD ‘Public Square’ platform – writing on the theme, ‘From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Let’s Challenge Militarism and End Gender-Based Violence,’ bloggers came from the Philippines, Somalia, Egypt, Indonesia, Pakistan, Sudan, and Tunisia. WLUML also finished this year’s campaign with a Twitter teach-in on culturally-justified violence against women.