Two days ago, we marked 30 years since the inception of the celebration of the 16 days of activism against Gender-based Violence (GBV) campaign which begins on November 25th, the day of Elimination of Violence Against Women (VAW), and ends on Human Rights Day, on December 10th. For 30 years globally, and 17 regionally, activists have been uniting and concentrating their efforts in building an effective 16 days of activism. Since 2004, the GBV Prevention Network, of which ACIP is a member, has been organizing regional campaigns and providing tools for action and advocacy.
In 2021, the regional theme is: 16 days of rest: Our collective Resistance. This has been developed in recognition that activists around the region have tirelessly worked for so many years in all kinds of efforts against VAW in order to create safer spaces for women and girls. We recognize that there is still work to be done but would like to take time to celebrate our frontline activists. This would help them to recharge and come back stronger.
This year, we are taking time to reflect on our wellbeing and safety in organizations, reflecting on our progress in the 17 years that Africa has participated in the 16 days’ activism. Well, even as we rest, we are still engaging in global and community campaigns that prioritize rest for women and girls in our society.
Welcome to #16daysofrest world. Let us recharge our lanterns so that we can get back to raising our voices and banners louder and shed lights on VAW and GBV.