The 16 Days of Activism Campaign Against Gender Based Violence (GBV) is commemorated globally during the period of 25th November (International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women) to 10th December (International Human Rights Day).
The Campaign was initiated in 1991 by the Centre for Women’s Global Leadership and has since become recognized by Governments, UN Agencies, Civil Society, Faith Based and Religious Organizations, the Media and individuals worldwide. The joint efforts of the different actors participating in the Campaign at all levels has brought attention to GBV and the call for collective action to end GBV in all its forms.
Government of Uganda, through the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development coordinates the events to mark the launch and other events of the National Campaign. This year's national launch will take place at the Uganda National Cultural Center "National Theater" on 5th Decemberm 2018
The National Campaign is used as an advocacy and mobilization strategy with the following objectives:
1. Raise awareness about gender-based violence as a human right, public health, economic and social issue at the family, community, national, regional and international levels.
2. Provide a forum for dialogue and strategy sharing on good practices for preventing and responding to GBV.
3. Demonstrate the solidarity of women and men to address issues of GBV.
4. Strengthen local initiatives and networks of stakeholders to address GBV.
5. Advocate for action by Government, Parliament, Religious and Cultural Institutions, Faith Based and Civil Society Organizations and other Actors.
6. Assess progress on actions being taken by all stakeholders to address GBV.
This year’s global theme is; “End Gender Based Violence in the World of Work”. The National theme has been adopted from the global theme as; “End Gender Based Violence in the Work Place”. The theme has been selected to put emphasis on work places as an important environment that needs to be safe for everyone. Workplaces, be they formal or informal, homebased or outside the home are central to sustaining the livelihoods of all persons. This Campaign will therefore highlight the need for all stakeholders to be made aware of the policies, laws and procedures in place to prevent GBV from occurring and protect everyone as they undertake work in order to achieve safe and healthy working environments for all.
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