16 Days of Activism is an international campaign to raise awareness on the issue of gender-based violence (GBV). It starts on November 25th, which is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and ends on December 10th, the International Human Rights Day.
The theme for 2014 is “Peace in the home, peace in Namibia: Let’s challenge militarism and violence against women.”
This year Sister Namibia, in collaboration with talented actors, will perform various skits in Windhoek police stations and prisons to educate and raise awareness on GBV. These skits will take place on Thursday 11 December and Friday 12 December.
Sister Namibia would like to encourage members of the public to think of something that they pledge to do during the 16 days. Participants are also encouraged to share their pledges on social media, using the hashtag #16days. They can either write their pledge on a piece of paper and take a photo of themselves, or just post their pledge as a status update on Facebook or Twitter.
With the public declaration of your pledge we encourage people to make a donation to Women’s Solidarity or another NGO/shelter of their choice. Donations can be made at Sister Namibia’s office and after the campaign is over the money will be transferred to the right organisations.
In 2013 Sister Namibia partnered up with the Theatre School of Namibia and created short skits to show how people are affected by GBV and domestic abuse. Together we went on a road show and did 16 performances in police stations, community centres and public squares around the country. We plan to host another exciting event soon, check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for more information in the next few days.
We are looking forward to this year’s campaign and we hope that NGOs, institutions and individuals all over the world will come together to recognise, discuss and work against the issue of gender-based violence – even after these 16 days are over.