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The theme of the 2018 Campaign is “End Gender-Based Violence in the World of Work” JoinThe16DaysCampaign2018

The 16 Days Campaign has been dedicated to advocacy and coordination of work in support of ending gender-based violence at the local, national, and international levels. The dates, November 25 (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) and December 10 (International Human Rights Day), were chosen to emphasize the links between ending gender-based violence and human rights principles and highlight that gender-based violence is an international human rights violation. The 16 Days Campaign is used as an organizing strategy to call for the elimination of all forms of gender-based violence by individuals, groups, and institutions throughout the world.

The theme of the 16 Days Campaign in 2016 is “From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Make Education Safe for All”. This theme recognizes the dire situation for millions of girls and boys, and young women and men, whose universal human right to education is daily impacted or cut short due to violence, lack of resources, and discrimination.

Education is a public good and fundamental human right recognized in Article 26 of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights and upheld in various international and regional human rights conventions and treaties. Nonetheless, the right to education is subject to political, economic, and social shifts and upheavals, leaving certain groups (especially women, girls, people with disabilities, LGBTQI people, migrants, and indigenous people) particularly vulnerable and liable to being denied this crucial right.

Under this global theme, the 16 Days Campaign and Women in International Security (WIIS) Canada invite you to join in advancing the right to education and challenging violence, discrimination, and inequity in education at the intersection of gender, race or ethnicity, religion, real or perceived sexual orientation, socio-economic status, and other social identifiers.

The campaign is open to participants who wish to engage in actions on these issues in ways that are relevant to their specific areas of expertise. Information on how to register for events and resources for partners will be available on the website of WIIS Canada, national coordinator of the campaign.

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