The 16 Days campaign was started in 1991, by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership. Women involved in the Centre for Women’s Global Leadership came from different countries in all of the world’s regions and were drawn from a variety of fields – lawyers, policymakers, teachers, health care workers, researchers, journalists, and activists.

These women were local civil society leaders who came together to discuss different aspects of gender-based violence and human rights, learned from one another’s experiences and consequently developed strategies to increase awareness of the systemic nature of violence against women and to expose this violence as a violation of women’s human rights. While violence against women takes different forms according to its cultural context, the problem exists everywhere and working on the issue offers unique opportunities to build bridges across cultures, and to share strategies.

One of the activities that the Central Okanagan Elizabeth Fry Society is organizing for our community during the 16 Days Campaign is a “Write for Rights Blog-A-Thon”.  The purpose of the blog-a-thon is:

  • to raise awareness about violence against women,
  • encourage support of local work that is being done to assist survivors of violence, and
  • demonstrate solidarity with women affected by violence.

We are inviting participation from local women, leaders in the secotor, and anyone who wants to make a difference.  Our goal is to have at least one blog post per day from participants for each of the 16 Days of Action from November 25th (International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women) to December 10th (Human Rights Day).

Participants can submit poetry, stories, opinion, whatever you like as long as it pertains to our goals, and you promise to share the 16 Days blogs with your network.

Contact: if you are intersted in participating.