The 16 Days Campaign 2016: Making Education Safe for All!

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence Campaign (better known as 16 Days Campaign) first started in 1991 as a strategy to raise awareness about gender-based violence. The campaign links the 16 days between November 25th (International Day against Violence Against Women) and December 10th (International Human Rights Day).

The theme for the 2016 campaign was ‘From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Make Education Safe for All!' The theme highlighted that structural discrimination and inequality is perpetuated in a cycle of violence that does not stop even when girls and young women are in the act of gaining an education.

 

In Uganda, Ghana, Armenia and Azerbaijan GPPAC members took action!

CECORE, the Center for Conflict Resolution in Uganda, organized and conducted a workshop to raise awareness on ‘Education and Gender: consequences of structural discrimination on women and girls' for students, parents and community members at Panyadoli Self Help Secondary School. People from various backgrounds such as refugees from South Sudan, DRC and Kenya as well as locals participated in group work sessions and discussions as the school is located in a refugee settlement. Group sessions revolved around discussing the different roles of women and girls, boys and men in the community and their driving factors.

   
 

 Sixty People
  participated in this particular
peacebuilding and reconciliation project.

Participants were invited to think
about why girls are denied education
and how the sale of arms and increased militarism affects education.

HCA-Armenia round table on conflict affected rural areas

The Armenian Committee of Helsinki Citizens' Assembly (HCA-Armenia) invited women activists from conflict affected rural areas to participate in a round table. The goal was to contribute to women's education in peace and security issues and support their ability to stand up for their rights and interests. Background information on UNSCR 1325 and other related resolutions was provided to the participants as well as the experience of HCA-Armenia in conflict prevention.

Main approaches to UNSCR 1325 were shared and the participants were invited to develop points for decision makers to promote the Resolution, especially in the local context. Information on Track II diplomacy and trust building was also discussed with the participant.
 

  Thirty Women
took part in the event
and six were invited to participate
in another round table discussion with representatives of the Ministries of
Defense, Foreign Affairs and Labour
and Social Affairs where they
presented elaborated proposals
on the promotion of Resolution
1325 in Armenia.

Raising awareness on the problem of domestic violence! 

The Women Problems Research Union in Azerbaijan rose awareness on the problem of domestic violence by distributing calendars and key rings stating to stop violence among male university students, university teachers and male employees of the Ministry of Defence. Especially, men serving in the military were involved in the campaign as violence against women is still committed by - amongst others - male military personnel in the region.

WANEP Regional through the WIPNET programme in collaboration with the Ghana Working group on Women, Peace and Security embarked on a one day ‘Saving our Girls' advocacy campaign with a round table discussion. Topic of the discussion was school related gender based violence. Women and other stakeholders were given the space to unite their voice in their efforts to eliminate gender-based violence.