IAWL Statement on 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

November 25 marks the International Day on the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and kickstarts the celebration of the UN Women’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence (GBV), held annually and dedicated to awareness creation, support and advocacy towards the Elimination of Violence against Women and Girls worldwide. The theme for this year’s 16 Days of Activism 2021 is “Orange the World: End Violence Against Women Now!”. We and our partners at the Institute for African Women in Law (IAWL) join UN Women and all gender advocacy organizations and individuals, in creating awareness on the discrimination and violence against women and girls at various places including but not limited to homes, workplaces and schools. Join IAWL in calling out Gender-Based Violence and advocating for a STOP to GBV. Join the campaign and let US “Orange the World” by reporting GBV cases. Gender-based Violence anywhere remains an exceedingly worrisome phenomenon that hinders women and girls across the globe from fully attaining positive and sustainable livelihood coupled with dignity and respect and poses a significant threat to women’s rights, women’s development and development as a whole. Unfortunately, the situation worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic as we witnessed a significant increase in violence against women and children. The Institute for African Women in Law condemns all forms of violence and abuse against women and children and further encourages the public to report all forms of gender discriminatory occurrences and seek remedy from the human right authorities available in their respective states. We call on our Men Advocates in Law for Equality (M.A.L.E) Allies to pledge to stop GBV As we join the global community to remember the victims of GBV and the survivors, the Institute for African Women in Law would also like to recognize and celebrate outstanding African women who are at the forefront of protecting and preserving the fundamental human rights of women and girls, including the right to security, dignity, justice and equality. IAWL calls on the public to join this year’s awareness campaign by nominating deserving individuals and organizations who have a remarkable track record in protecting and advancing the fundamental women rights of women and girls in their respective jurisdictions in order to be celebrated by IAWL. Let us recognize as many as we can during the 16 Days of Activism. IAWL invites you to join make the world a place with zero-tolerance for discrimination and violence against women and girls. #OrangetheWorld #16DaysofActivisim #StopGBVNow. Nominate a deserving individual or organization. Recognizing our women's rights defenders

IAWL Statement on 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence