16 Days of Action against Gender Based Violence

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence (GBV) has created a new impact around the world among advocates and activists that oppose violence against women, girls and people.  This is an annual observance which begins on November 25th and ends on December 10th each year.  The observance usually ends with International Human Rights Day.


The European Institute for Gender Equality defines gender-based violence as a phenomenon deeply rooted in gender inequality, and continues to be one of the most notable human rights violations within all societies. Gender-based violence is violence directed against a person because of his/her gender. The Institute states that both women and men experience gender-based violence but the majority of victims are women and girls.


According to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), it has been widely acknowledged that most people affected by gender-based violence are women and girls, as a result of unequal distribution of power in society between women and men. UNFPA further states that women and girls victims of violence suffer specific consequences as a result of gender discrimination.


The United Nations has identified gender- based violence against women and girls as a global health and development issue.  According to a report by Oxfam, GBV affects every society in the world, and represents a significant impediment to development in those societies.  GBV is asserted to be a global key health risk for women and girls.  Violence against women is pervasive in many other countries where culture and traditions tend to normalize violence against women (VAW), which reinforces abusive practices against women and girls.


In many societies, parents do not invest in education for their girls; instead they send the boys to school for a higher education.  While in other societies, prospective fathers are displeased to discover that they are expecting a girl child as opposed to a boy child.  Archaic as it seems, such decisions continue to exist in parts of Asia, Africa and the Middle East.


Gender-based violence is a broad term and covers many issues due to gender discrimination.  GBV encompasses domestic violence; child marriage; female genital mutilation/cutting; rape; child abuse; sexual harassment; sexual assault; reproductive coercion; dowry violence; obstetric violence; honor killings; incest; education oppression; pedophilia, and several other issues.  These issues plague societies of the world but in many cases, they are swept under the carpet, never to be mentioned again.  The suppression of GBV issues has been successful due to the silence initiated at the time such crimes are committed.


The question remains, how can the world arrest gender-based violence?  While certain GBV issues are being addressed in some societies, others remain either entirely unknown or minutely known.  Domestic violence remains a serious crime and a GBV issue in both the western world and developing countries.  Intimidation is a key factor in cases of domestic violence. In most cases, the person experiencing domestic violence conditions herself or himself to keep quiet and never disclose.  In fact, most of GBV issues are controlled by intimidation or secrecy.  As long as the violators are protected by the silence of their victims, they will feel comfortable to continue the violence.


The best way to end GBV is to prevent it from happening, by addressing the root of it.  Preventing GBV must begin at an early age for both boys and girls.  It should be instilled in the children that violence is not the answer to solving problems.  The children should be groomed for relationships with respect.  They are the future men and women of the world; if they learn at an early age, they will not resort to violence, be it at home, in the work place, in politics or on the streets.

Education is the top key proponent in the prevention of GBV.  Experts show that empowering women through education and information helps to eliminate violence against them.  The more educated and informed women there are, the less women will be subjected to intimidation and abuse.  It is important for society to make public places and the homes safer for women and girls.  According to experts, working with men and boys helps accelerate progress in preventing and ending violence against women and girls. They can begin to challenge the deeply rooted inequalities and social norms that perpetuate men’s control and power over women and reinforce tolerance for violence against women and girls.

There cannot be too much awareness-raising in communities.  Utilizing social media is an effective mean to educating communities about the dangers and existence of gender based violence, most especially violence against women and girls.  If you want to help end GBV, share this article with your friends, family and co-workers.

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Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation’s 2018 Calendar


  • US FGM/C Network Convenes – Today, Tuesday, December 4th
  • Young Professionals in International Affairs Event – Thursday, December 6th
  • Arlington Police receives FGM Training Presentation – Tuesday, December 11th
  • Panel Discussion on Female Genital Mutilation in Africa – December 18th
  • Release of the 2019 Monthly Support Group Workshop Schedule – December 21st
  • The education toolkit – Now Available and downloadable at https://www.globalwomanpeacefoundation.org/prevention-school-resource-fgm-toolkit/

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This Week’s Scrambled Words







Last Week’s Scrambled Words                                  Last Week’s Unscrambled Words

AINIGRIV                                                                                VIRGINIA

NAMDEIRF                                                                             FRIEDMAN

ALAWRAGAN                                                                         NAGARWALA

LAREDEF WAL                                                                      FEDERAL LAW

ECREMMOC ESUALC                                                          COMMERCE CLAUSE

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Attention: The U.S. government opposes FGM/C, no matter the type, degree, or severity, and no matter what the motivation for performing it. The U.S. government considers FGM/C to be a serious human rights abuse, gender-based violence, and, when done to children, a form of child abuse. It is against the law to perform FGM/C in the United States on a girl under the age of 18 or to send or attempt to send her outside the United States so FGM/C can be performed. People who violate this law can face prison time and significant immigration consequences. Additionally, anyone who performs FGM/C on a woman 18 years old or older without her consent may be charged with a crime under other laws.  If someone performed FGM/C on you, you have not violated any U.S. laws and are not at fault, call 1-800-994-9662.