Today, the 25th of November, marks the start of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. Today is also the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. It is a day where we at the Equality Institute, take a moment to reflect on why we do the work that we do: around 1 in 3 (35%) women worldwide have experienced physical or sexual violence, or both, in their lifetime, and as many as 38% of murders of women are committed by an intimate partner. This violence has serious consequences for women’s physical, mental and reproductive health, as well as for society as a whole. The 16 Days of Activism will conclude on the 10th of December (Human Rights Day), illustrating that violence against women represents one of the most widespread human rights violations of our time.  

Violence against women is a deeply rooted global epidemic, and there is no simple solution. At times we may feel disheartened; that as a society we are going backwards. But at the Equality Institute we are hopeful about the future. Over the next 16 days you will see why as we celebrate the global community that we are a part of, that we support, that we love, and that we admire.

The Equality Conversation is a campaign that will give you an insight into the inspiring work taking place all over the world to advance gender equality and women’s rights, and prevent violence and discrimination. Each day over the next 16 days we will share a story of an individual who, in their own profession or community, is doing what they can to make a difference. Through reading these stories, we hope that you will feel as positive as we do about the future.

All of our actions, no matter how small, have the potential to contribute to a better world. A world where men and women are equal. A world where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. A world where women and girls are free to live up to their greatest potential. A world where diversity is celebrated.

We invite you to join the conversation, be part of this global movement, and unite with the diverse group of people taking action to end violence against women.