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16 Days of Activism Toolkit

  1. Did you know? VAW includes all kinds of physical, emotional, psychological abuse of women and girls – including domestic abuse, rape, child marriage and female circumcision.  ALL are violations of the most fundamental human rights.  Spread the word in your class, at your office, or in your community group that VAW exists and you’re not going to stand for it. So, call your Member of Congress and encourage him or her to pass H.R. 5905, the International Violence Against Women Act!

  2. Familiarize yourself with what the US is doing to combat VAW – check out the U.S. National Action Plan on Women Peace and Security (UN Security Council 1325) and follow @USAID on Twitter to get daily updates on what the US government is doing to combat #ViolenceagainstWomen.

  3. Post the quote! Let your Twitter followers know that you stand with Boutros Boutros-Ghali, former Secretary General of the UN, when he says, “Violence against women is a universal problem that must be universally condemned.” #ViolenceagainstWomen #16Days

  4. Did you know? In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, just one country in which gender-based violence is used as a weapon of war, it is estimated that 4 women are raped every 5 minutes.

    • Tweet your followers: In the DRC, 4 women are raped every 5 minutes.  That’s too many! #16days #ViolenceagainstWomen

  5. How does the UN combat VAW?  Find out here: UN Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women

  6. Post the quote! Let your Twitter followers know that you agree with Boutros Boutros-Ghali, former Secretary-General of the UN on his stance against gender-based violence. Post his quote: “Violence against women is a universal problem that must be universally condemned.” Use hashtags #ViolenceAgainstWomen #16Days #SayUcommit.

  7. Did you know? World Bank data indicates that women ages 15-44 are more at risk of rape and domestic violence than they are of cancer, car accidents, war and malaria. 

  8. Join the conversation with a twitter chat on December 5 @UN_Women 9am EST through hashtag #AskUNWomen! #SayUcommit #16Day

  9. Support the UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against women transforming the social norms that perpetuate violence, and shaping a world where women and girls are able to live with dignity and equality. Donate to the UN Trust Fund.

  10. Meet Ms. Joy Mgozi Ezeilo, the UN Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children and read what she had to say about addressing human trafficking supply chains.

  11. Change your FB cover photo and tell all of your friends that a life free of violence for women & girls is one commitment away. Has your government committed? Urge your country, and all other countries, to take concrete steps towards ending VAW and learn more about country commitments here:

  12. Meet Ms. Rashida Manoo, the UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences and learn about her latest work in Croatia.

  13. SAY NO! And encourage your friends to do it too! Tell everyone you know about the UN’s Say No:  United to End Violence Against Women Campaign. Follow Say No – UniTE on Twitter: and retweet their important information on #ViolenceagainstWomen and the #16Days! 

  14.           Or, tweet your followers:

    • 25Nov is Int’l Day to End #ViolenceagainstWomen!Get all the stories,messages&videos at v @UN_Women #SayUcommit #16Days

    • On 25Nov, @UN_Women calls on leaders 2make a concrete commitment 2prevent &end #genderviolence. #SayUcommit! #16days

    • Read the message from @UN_Women Executive Director Michelle #Bachelet on Int'l Day to End #ViolenceagainstWomen #16days #SayUcommit

  15. Get informed – learn the VAW stats from your and other countries by visiting The Violence against Women Prevalence Data: Surveys by Country

  16. How do we know so much about VAW? Because the UN ensured that countries learn about VAW and incorporate gender analysis into policymaking. Find out more by visiting: UN Human Rights Council Resolution 14-2: Accelerating efforts to eliminate all forms of violence against women: ensuring due diligence in prevention.

  17. Keep fighting! VAW isn’t going to stop today and neither should you. Participate in Orange Days every month, donate to the UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women and keep spreading the word about VAW and how we can stop it on Twitter, Facebook, to your friends, family and community.