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16 Days of Activism 2010
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The Sixteen Days of Activism is a global campaign which takes place from 25 November to 10 December tand aims to raise awareness around gender based violence.  Read more about the 16 Days of Activism strategy. Click here to view the final report of the 2010 Sixteen Days of Activism.

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I Stories - Tell us your story

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Cyber Dialogues

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Take Back the Night
Communities, activists and local and national government authorities will be reclaiming unsafe spaces in localities through "Take Back the Night" a global campaign started in Latin America. Watch the video of the 2009 march. Contact us for more information.

Radio Resources
The GL Radio Service is offering radio materials for use by broadcasters during 16 Days of Activism. Tjoon'in is an entertaining mix of music, feature reports, interviews, testimonials from survivors of violence, and radio spots highlighting various 16 Days themes. Roadmap to Equality: Voices and Views is a series of radio reports about the SADC Gender Protocol.


GL Commentaries
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Click here to view a list of partners in the campaign.


Sixteen Days of Activism Events - Southern Africa
Events are being held throughout the region. Click here to download the schedule of events. Click here for the cyber dialogues schedule.
Sixteen Days of Activism Events - South Africa
Regional Cyber Dialogues in 5 languages
Fact Sheet Commentary
Thursday 18 November: Is media part of the problem or solution
12h00 - 13h00
Panel Discussion
Gender Links Offices
Experts, visitors from NCA
Summary of cyber dialogue
Media Fact Sheet

GMPS -Coverage of Gender Violence

If journalists did their job
Monday 22 November: Gender Peace and Security
18h00 - 20h00
Launch of the SADC Barometer with ISS at Irene Lodge

Overview Fact Sheet

Barometer - Peace Building

Who is to blame for sex in our schools?
Wednesday 24 November: Critical Thinking Forum launch of the 16 Days
Critical thinking Forum, launch of Gauteng GBV Indicators and media debate hosted by GL, Mail and Guardian @ Johannesburg Country Club

War @home

Preliminary results of GBV Indicators

Analysis of GBV Indicators

Attitudes - fact sheet

When violence becomes normal

Sex or rape? Something is terribly wrong!

"I" Story: From murderer to welder

Thursday 25 November: Taking stock of National Action Plans to end GBV

Summary of cyber dialogue Barometer - GBV

"I" Story: Rejected because of my HIV status

Peace-building, protocols and policy: Women and conflict in southern Africa

Zambian lawmakers excuse gender violence

Friday 26 November: Speaking out - I Stories
10h30 - 12h30
Launch of book: Speaking out can set you free- the South African experience, with past and present participants in this project @ Constitution Hill
Summary of cyber dialogue Speaking out fact sheet

Not just another sob story

"I" Story: I  had sex with my father

Saturday 27 November: Reclaiming unsafe spaces - Take back the night
March in Emfuleni municipality, Sedibeng meet at Sebokeng Post Office. 
  Fact sheet

Reclaiming Cape Town
Monday 29 November: At the click of a mouse - GBV and the internet
Summary of cyber dialogue GBV and internet fact sheet

What happened to Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

A problem shared is a problem half solved

"I" Story: My nightmare marriage

Tuesday 30 November: Score a goal for gender equality: kick out economic violence
Informal traders speak out on economic violence Venue TBC
Summary of cyber dialogue Score a goal fact sheet

Militarism and violation of women's rights

Photo essay: Women and conflict

Wednesday 1 December: Making care work count - World AIDS day
10h00-12h00 Community meeting with care givers with Lets Grow, Orange Farm Summary of cyber dialogue Care work fact sheet

"I" Story: The man I thought was my father

Get legislation into the hands of those who need it

Time to recognise care work

Thursday 2 December: Sexual Orientation and GBV
11h00-12h30 GMDC @ GL
Summary of cyber dialogue Sexual orientation fact sheet

Africa's silent slaughter

Gender-based violence doesn't only affect heterosexuals

Friday 3 December: Disability and GBV
TBC Summary of cyber dialogue Fact sheet

"I" Story: Turning around my life of abuse

Liberia slowly recovers from decade of rampant gender violence

Women's bodies "battleground" in DRC

Monday 6 December: Role of men in ending GBV
Male ex-perpetrators to speak out;
Face to face discussion, GL  offices
Summary of cyber dialogue Culture, tradition fact sheet

Trying to break free from an abusive marriage

"I" Story: It does not pay to be an abuser

An African woman's right to walk away

"I" Story: When violence looks fashionable

Taking the conversation to the other 349 days

Tuesday 7 December: Sex work
Sex workers and GBV discussion @ GL
Summary of cyber dialogue Sex work fact sheet

"I" Story: Getting back on my own two feet

We need to legalise sex work

The deadly link between police, sex work and HIV

Wednesday 8 December: Human trafficking and migrant women

Summary of cyber dialogue Fact sheet

Life after human trafficking

African women in UK silently suffer domestic violence

"I" Story: If only my mother could see I am a changed man

Thursday 9 December: Local action to end gender violence
9h00- 12h30
365 Days of Local Action to End Gender Violence: Creative morning with City of Jhb
Summary of cyber dialogue Fact sheet

Of rice and men

"I" Story: You are not man enough!

Local government key to ending gender violence

Friday 10 December: International Human Rights Day: Measuring change
Launch of the GL Political Discourse Analysis and case study of the Malema versus Mbuyiselo Botha case, with Botha as guest @ Constitution Hill
Graduation of the informal traders gender and media literacy group
Summary of cyber dialogue

Fact sheet

Political discourse analysis

"I" Story: Why do we hurt the people we love?

Human Rights Day: Are we really all equal?


Speaking out against gun violence



Sixteen days of activism 2010 report

27 May 11
Regional relevance: Southern Africa (SADC)
The 16 Days of Activism against Women campaign 2010 was carried out under the international theme of Structures of Violence: Defining the Intersection of Militarism and Violence Against Women. GL and GEMSA ran the campaign under the regional banner ‘Peace begins at home: Halve gender based violence by 2015'. This... [read more]

The South African "I" Stories experience: Speaking out can set you free

25 February 11
The stories are powerful narratives of the pain of abuse, and very often the triumph of surviving and moving on. What they share - the slow realisation of a deteriorating relationship; social and cultural expectations; concern for children; feeling like there is nowhere to go; decisions to leave and the challenges... [read more]

The South African "I" Stories Experience - Speaking out can set you free

31 January 11
Regional relevance: South Africa
Speaking out can set you free,What do you think of when you see a butterfly? Beautiful colours! Freedom after the struggle to break out of a cocoon! The sky is the limit! Reaching up; reaching out! These were just a few of the answers given by survivors of gender violence who have chosen to tell their stories... [read more]

Cyber Dialogues Summaries 2010

25 January 11
Click on the documents below to download the summaries to the 16 Days of Activism cyber dialogue discussions. [read more]

Political discourse analysis of SA Government office speeches

10 December 10
Regional relevance: South Africa
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Protocol on Gender and Development calls on Member States to halve gender violence by 2015. Specific measures to be taken include legislation, where appropriate, to discourage traditional norms, including social, economic, cultural and political practices which... [read more]

Speaking out against gun violence

09 December 10 | (1) Comment
Regional relevance: South Africa
According to a United Nations survey of 69 countries, South Africa has one of the highest firearm related homicide rates in the world, second only to Columbia. Solid updated data is lacking, but a 1999 Medical Research Council (MRC) study found that a woman was killed by her intimate partner every six hours – the... [read more]

Human Rights Day: Are we really all equal?

09 December 10 | (12) Comments
Regional relevance: South Africa
I discovered that the very instrument which is supposed to be the pillar which upholds, promotes and protects human rights, is in fact gender insensitive. The text is littered with references to “he”, “him” and “his” rights. [read more]

Local government key to ending gender violence

09 December 10 | (26) Comments
Regional relevance: South Africa
Local government is the level of governance closest to the people, at community level. This is where gender-based violence (GBV) happens. South African statistics for rape, sexual violence and other forms of violence show that women and children are particularly vulnerable. It is imperative that we tackle these in a... [read more]

Of rice and men

09 December 10 | (2) Comments
Regional relevance: South Africa
Multi-millionaire, Kenny Kunene, celebrated his 40th birthday party in style when he hired five models to wear lingerie, cover themselves in body paint, and one model, to lay half-naked with sushi strategically placed over her markedly unpainted body. [read more]

African women in UK silently suffer domestic violence

08 December 10
Regional relevance: International
Kanu is one of many African women living illegally in the United Kingdom while waiting to get residency papers. Because many are dependent on husbands or relatives for support or documentation, they are more likely to stay in abusive relationships. Because of this they are also scared to seek help or report domestic... [read more]
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