Join the 16 days campaign of activism against gender-based violence

PATRIR would like to invite organizationsinstitutions and companies from Cluj to join the “16 days campaign of activism against gender-based violence“. The campaign is a strong global commitment inspired by womenmengirls, boys, companies, civic organizations, public institutions, media partnershuman rights activists, academia, and more – working together to increase awareness-raising in society and globally, in order to make practical changes to overcome and end all forms of gender-based violence. The campaign also encourages the participation of women and girls in all categories of societyThis is an initiative based on inclusion and collaborationco-developed by key actors in Cluj-Napoca, but also nationally. 

The campaign takes place annually, between November 25 and December 10, being organized by a strong coalition of key players in Cluj, nationally and internationally – civic organizations, local and national institutions, local and national public authorities, organizations and cultural institutions and volunteers. Last year, over 40 partners were involved in organizing the campaign, including the County Police Inspectorate, Babeș-Bolyai University, the Cluj Metropolitan Area Intercommunity Development Association, Iulius Mall, Carrefour, Université libre de Bruxelles, ACTEDO, the Partnership Global Armed Conflict Prevention (GPPAC), Transylvanian Opera Academy, Cluj International Women’s Club, VeDe Community, Terre des Hommes Romania, LADO, eLiberare, SAIL, Beard Brothers and many others. The more than 30 events organized in 2020 were attended by +4,000 people, with 40,000 nationally and globally interacting, participating or supporting the campaign. 

The objectives of the 16 Days campaign are: 

  • raising awareness of gender-based violence as a human rights issue at local, national, regional and international levels; 
  • providing a forum in which organizers – organizations and citizens – and relevant actors in Cluj can develop and share new effective action strategies and can work together to make real change; practical recommendations will be created, meetings will be organized with local authorities in order to outline beneficial policies and the foundations will be laid for a Cluj Agenda that will focus on equality, welfare and opportunities; 
  • creating tools for the involvement of local and national authorities, in order to implement measures to eliminate violence against women; 
  • promoting women’s leadership, empowerment and involvement in society in all aspects and fields (science, economics, politics, culture, sports, home, organizations and more) and promoting positive role models of strong women for girls and boys, women and men, highlighting the need to break down the barriers that stand in the way of equality. 

The way we will achieve these goals is by organizing and planning academic, scientific, cultural events involving sports and the well-being of the populationknowledge and storytelling workshopsnational conferences on human rights and, in particular, on ways to cooperate with a violent situation in the family and in the community, etc. We also aim to develop clear and practical tools for implementing regulations on gender-based violence, domestic violence and violence against women – through close links between all actors in the field and civil society in Cluj. 

If you want to get involved in this year’s campaign, as a partnerorganizer or volunteerplease write a message to the campaign coordinator, Isabella Pirlogea, at the email address [email protected].