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16 Days of activism against violence against women

The 16 Days of Activism is an international campaign to raise awareness about violence against women and take action to eliminate it.

Every year, the 16-day long campaign begins on November 25, the International Day Against Violence Against Women, and ends on December 10, International Human Rights Day. The dates are deliberately chosen to highlight the link between violence against women and human rights.

Since 1991 approximately 1370 organisations in 137 countries have participated in the 16 Days of Activism. Many of Oxfam's partners across the world take part in the international campaign each year.

2010: Standing in solidarity against sexual and gender-based violence against women

Ending voilence against women For the 2010 event, Oxfam joined forces with a number of organisations in Wellington on December 8 to stand in solidarity with women in the Pacific who experience some of the highest rates of sexual and gender-based violence in the world.

Dresses were hung on washing lines outside Parliament to visually represent the number of women in the Pacific Islands who suffer from sexual and gender-based violence.

Kup Women for Peace, PNG

Kup Women for Peace are working to address issues of tribal fighting and violence against women and to build peace among tribal groups in the PNG Highlands.

During the 16 Days of Activism campaign in 2006, the Kup Women conducted a road-show, travelling throughout their region, visiting communities to talk with them about women's rights and the Papua New Guinean Constitution.

Further information

For more information on the 16 Days of Activism, including ways to get involved visit: