USAID Joins the Global Campaign #16Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence
From November 25 to December 10, USAID will join the international community for the global campaign #16Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.
An estimated one in three women will experience violence in their lifetime. Too often violence against women and girls is normalized and goes unpunished. Impunity, silence and stigma are part of the problem.
At USAID, we believe that gender equality and women’s empowerment are at the core of development. In over 80 countries, USAID is working in partnership with civil society and national governments to close gender gaps, #EndGBV, and empower women and girls through education and job skills.
USAID recognized the linkages that exist between gender-based violence and the need to promote broader awareness and prevention of sexual misconduct. Earlier this year, the Agency established an Action Alliance for Preventing Sexual Misconduct to address the factors that often lie behind GBV, including harassment, exploitation and abuse.
USAID encourages its partners to use #16Days throughout the 16 Days of Activism to highlight examples of how we can stand up to violence, and how USAID programs work to prevent and respond to gender-based violence.