16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence

Get involved as we speak out against gender-based violence

This 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, Mothers' Union is shining a light on violence against women and girls, with the clear message that it is not ok. We are calling on communities around the world to understand the many different forms of abuse that gender-based violence takes, from controlling behaviour by a partner to rape as a weapon of war.

Join us on 25th November in a 'Global Moment' to raise awareness of and stand in solidarity against gender-based violence. At midday, wherever you are in the world, mark the start of these 16 Days with a lighted candle and a time of prayer or reflection.

Changing culture to end gender-based violence takes all of us working together to spread the message that 'IT IS NOT OK'!

In particular, we encourage families and schools to teach children and young people about building healthy relationships, and to challenge gender stereotypes.

We are also calling on governments and leaders to take actions, to:

  • Ensure that national, local and customary law prohibits all forms of violence against women and girls
  • Ensure that victims of gender-based violence have access to justice; and to support services
  • Ensure that perpetrators are prosecuted, punished and rehabilitated

In the UK specifically, we are calling on the Government to redress the injustice in the new child maintenance system, for victims of domestic abuse.

We ask that victims be exempt from the 'collect and pay' charges for using the statutory Child Maintenance Service, as they may have no other option to receive or make payments for their children without further risk of abuse or violence. Using a family-based arrangement or Direct Pay could result in ongoing contact with the abuser, placing survivors at further risk.

Read about how we marched to Downing Street to present the petition 

Read about our Global Moment to Shine a light on Gender-Based Violence

For a full range of ideas for activities you could get involved in, please look at our downloadable resources

Mothers' Union 16 Days of Activism Resources

We would love to hear about any events or activities you are planning for 16 Days. Let us know your plans at: http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/MU16days/