The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence is an international campaign originating from the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute sponsored by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership in 1991. Participants chose the dates November 25– International Day Against Violence Against Women- and December 10– International Human Rights Day- in order to symbolically link violence against women and human rights and to emphasize that such violence is a violation of human rights. This 16-day period also highlights other significant dates including November 29, International Women Human Rights Defenders Day, December 1, World AIDS Day, and December 6, which marks the Anniversary of the Montreal Massacre.
The 16 Days Campaign has been used as an organizing strategy by individuals and groups around the world to call for the elimination of all forms of violence against women by:
- raising awareness about gender-based violence as a human rights issue at the local, national, regional and international levels
- strengthening local work around violence against women
- establishing a clear link between local and international work to end violence against women
- providing a forum in which organizers can develop and share new and effective strategies
- demonstrating the solidarity of women around the world organizing against violence against women
- creating tools to pressure governments to implement promises made to eliminate violence against women
CONWAY – Leaders from several area women’s organizations will speak at a drop-in reception being held in conjunction with the international “16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign” from 2-6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 6 in Room 313 of the Wall College of Business Building at Coastal Carolina University.
Guest speakers will be Kelly O’Neill-Bagwell, president of Zonta Club; Susan Murphy-Milano, a violent relationship and high-risk case review specialist; Joyce Hart, executive director of the Rape Crisis Center; Justine Simone, an abuse survivor; Terri DeCenzo, executive director of Women in Philanthropy and Leadership for Coastal Carolina University; and a member of the Eastern Carolina Coalition Against Human Trafficking. The reception will also feature refreshments and volunteer opportunities.
The event is sponsored by CCU’s women and gender studies program, the department of communication and the Women’s Resource Center, and will benefit Zonta Club of Myrtle Beach, the Rape Crisis Center of Horry and Georgetown Counties and Eastern Carolina Coalition Against Human Trafficking.
The 16 Days Campaign was initiated in 1991 at the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute at Rutgers University, N.J., and has since growninternationally to raise awareness about violence against women, a human rights violation. The campaign traditionally begins Nov. 25, International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and ends Dec. 10, Human Rights Day.
The event is free and open to anyone to drop in at anytime. For additional information, call the CCU Women’s Resource Center at 843-349-2218.