The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence is an international campaign with thousands of organizations, governments, universities, and UN agencies around the world taking part. PATRIR is engaging locally in Cluj-Kolozsvar, nationally in Romania, and internationally to support and strengthen the leadership and empowerment of women and to overcome all forms of gender-based violence – and we’d like to do it together with you!

We are inviting institutions, universities, local authorities, schools, media and civil society organizations who would like to partner in the national campaign against gender-based violence, as well as individuals who would like to volunteer. Volunteers can help with: events preparation and organization, strengthen cooperation, raising social and community awareness, and much, much more!

Organisations are partnering and cooperating for the following objectives:

  • Raising awareness about gender-based violence as a human rights issue at the local, national, regional and international levels
  • strengthening local work for the prevention of violence against women and all forms of gender-based and domestic violence
  • establishing a clear link between local and national and international work to end violence against women
  • providing a forum in which organizers and partners can develop and share new and effective strategies and approaches and strengthen local campaigning and engagement
  • demonstrating the solidarity of women and men around the world organizing against violence against women
  • creating tools to engage governments – including local and national authorities – to implement promises made to eliminate violence against women

As an Institute with deep roots in the local community and active globally, we are looking for partners and volunteers to work together for the 16 Days Campaign – in Cluj, nationally and internationally. Volunteers who want to become involved can join us either for the whole campaign or for individual activities. We’re also looking for people who can help with online campaigning and awareness raising. If you would like to make a contribution, to become a partner, or to see how you can get involved, please get in touch with us.

About the 16 Days Campaign

The 16-days Campaign originates from the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute sponsored by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership in 1991. Participants chose the dates, November 25, International Day against Violence against Women and December 10, International Human Rights Day (officially designated by the United Nations General Assembly). These two dates were chosen in order to highlight that violence against women is actually a violation of human rights.

November 25 was first commemorated in 1981, in the memory of the violent assassination of the Mirabal sisters, on the same date, 1960, by the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo in the Dominican Republic. Moreover, the campaign is stretched over more significant days, such as: November 29, International Women Human Rights Defenders Day, December 1, World AIDS Day, and December 6, which marks the Anniversary of the Montreal Massacre.


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