16 Days of Activism: 25 Nov. – 10 Dec. 2018 #WeRise #HearMeToo
16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is an international campaign to challenge violence against women and girls.
The campaign runs every year from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day. It was initiated in 1991 by the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute, held by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) at Rutgers University.
Currently, more than 3,700 organisations from approximately 164 countries participate in the campaign annually. Every year Safe House participates in this global event.
In recent years, the voices of survivors and activists, through campaigns such as #MeToo, #TimesUp, #Niunamenos, #NotOneMore, #BalanceTonPorc and others, have reached a crescendo that cannot be silenced any more.
People are starting to understand that while the names and contexts may differ across geographic locations, women and girls everywhere are experiencing extensive abuse and their stories need to be brought to light.
Every year, 16 Days follows a theme and this year the 2018 theme is Orange the World: #HearMeToo
The colour orange will be a key theme unifying all activities, with buildings and landmarks lit and decorated in orange to bring global attention to the initiative.
Under the theme Orange the World: #HearMeToo, the UNiTE partners are encouraged to host events with local, national, regional and global women’s movements, survivor advocates and women human rights defenders and create opportunities for dialogue between activists, policy-makers and the public.
Safe House Participation
L’Abri de Dieu will also make her voice heard by gathering at the Stellenbosch Town Hall. Here we will be showcasing the artwork done by some of our residents of Safe House that highlight their transition from being a victim of domestic violence to being a survivor.
Family violence is a loud crime. It may happen behind closed doors, but our neighbours, family and community members often do know what’s happening. During 16 Days of Activism we want to plead with the people of our community to speak out and be part of the solution to this toxic behaviour.
L’Abrie #WeRise was created so that women can publish their stories.