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Sixteen days of activism against gender-based violence 2014

Starting on 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) and finishing on 10 December (International Human Rights Day), the campaign calls for the eradication of all forms of violence against women.

The 16 days of activism is an international campaign that aims to raise awareness of gender-based violence as a human rights issue.

This year’s theme is ‘From peace in the home to peace in the world: let's challenge militarism and end violence against women’. It’s estimated that around 90% of current war casualties are civilians, the majority of whom are women and children.

Violence against women and girls is a global pandemic in every region and in every country.

Indeed, the World Health Organization reported that acts of violence were the cause of death and disability for more women aged between 15 and 44 than cancer, malaria, traffic accidents and war combined.

Gender justice at the heart of our work

With women making up the majority of the world’s poor, we simply cannot achieve our goals without tackling gender equality. Read our Gender Justice Strategy 2014 .


Protecting women in Colombia

In the last fifty years of internal conflict in Colombia, sexual violence has been perpetrated by all armed actors – state and non-state.

  • There is a continuous line of violence, from cradle to grave, from war to peace, in the lives of women in Colombia.’

Claudia Mejia, from Christian Aid partner, Sisma Mujer.

Last November 2013, Sisma Mujer , together with our partner ABColombia published a report: 'Colombia: Women, conflict-related violence and the peace process' (PDF). According to the report, up to 18 percent of women in Colombia report the attacks but more than 98 percent of sexual crimes go unpunished.

Christian Aid supports Sisma Mujer's ongoing work to address the barriers that women in Colombia come up against when seeking justice for acts of sexual violence.


Watch: photo galleries and videos

  • Watch Keep on keeping on, or 'koko', performing her amazing poem exclusively for the Christian Aid Collective.

  • Our partner, ASUDA, in northern Iraq, runs a shelter and carries out legal and advocacy work to support women who are at risk of being murdered by their own families for supposedly compromising family ‘honour’.

  • This International Women's Day photo gallery shows how our partner, Strong Women Alone, is helping single, divorced or widowed women who face significant discrimination and violent abuse in India.

  • This 16 days of activism against gender-based violence gallery highlights how Christian Aid partners are helping women who have been subjected to violence:

To view the gallery full-screen, simply press play and then select the enlarge button on the bottom right. To show the captions, select 'Show info' on the top right.


Read: Christian Aid's work around the world


Listen: podcasts  


Christian Aid Ireland is the current chair of the Irish Consortium on Gender Based Violence which comprises Irish human rights, humanitarian and development organisations, Irish Aid and the Defence Forces, all working together to address gender based violence.


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