Calendar Of FREE #16DaysOfActivism Events, Battling Gender Based Violence

16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence is an annual UN Women international campaign that kicks off on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs until 10 December, Human Rights Day.

The theme this year is domestic violence, a timely one due to the global pandemic driven spike in gender based violence against women. 

I put together a calendar of events below. Please let me know if you have any to add to the list. 

Guide To UN Women's Domestic Violence Social Media Activism 25 Nov - 10 Dec

November 25

9am to 3pm 

Karen Women Organisation is a community-based organisation working in development and relief in refugee camps on the Thai border and with IDPs and women inside Burma. 

The Karen Women's Organization is extending an open invitation to an event at Mae Tao Clinic in Mae Sot, Thailand on November 25th to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

Wed, November 25

2:30 AM – 3:30 AM +08

Our panel of activists will share their ideas and thoughts on how we agitate, organise and disrupt against patriarchy and end Violence Against Women and Girls.

The panel

Fiona Dwyer, CEO of Solace Women's Aid.

Mona Eltahawy, an award-winning columnist and international public speaker on global feminism. She is the author of "Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution" and ''The Seven Necessary Sins for Women and Girls''.

Jenn Selby, freelance journalist, writer, editor and women's rights campaigner. She writes for Glamour, Grazia, The Stylist, the Independent and the BBC.

Ngozi Fulani, founder of Sistah Space, an organisation supporting African heritage women and girls affected by domestic and sexual abuse.

Huda Jawad, founder of Safety Across Faith and Ethnic Communities, supporting faith and BME communities to improve the response to domestic abuse and gender-based violence.

Chair: Shaista Aziz, Head of Media and Communications, Solace Women's Aid.

Register here.

Thurs, November 26 

Thu, 26 Nov 2020, 22:00 –

Fri, 27 Nov 2020, 00:30 +08

Sexual & Gender Based Violence: Migrant Women's Perspective

Migrant women are more vulnerable to domestic violence for multiple reasons, they face barriers to safety and justice when it comes to gender-based violence, trafficking, by its nature, cuts women off from their homes and communities, taking them to a place where they can be exploited for someone else’s gain. FGM and early and forced marriage are cultural practices and often go hand in hand. 

The panel

Salome Mbugua, Head of Operations & Strategy AkiDwA

Sharon Etokhana, legal researcher and organiser of AkiDwA’s Young Migrant Women

Prof. Siobhán Mullally, Director Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway and UN Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons

Hannana Siddiqui, Head of Policy, Research and Fundraising, Southhall Black Sisters

Anna Zobnina, Strategy & Policy Coordinator, ENOMW

Dr Nusha Yonkova, Gender & Anti-Trafficking Co-ordinator, Immigrant Council of Ireland ; Wanjiku Ngotho-Mbugua, Regional Director, BAWSO

Register here.

Fri, November 27 

03:00 – 05:00 +08

ButterflyEffect by Moriam Grillo is a dance performance sharing the stories of survivors of abuse and trauma. 

In three acts, we as audience, are taken on a journey of discovery and renewal as we stand in solidarity, witnessing and acknowledging the silenced and their untold stories.

Sign up here

Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA) and Oxfam in Pakistan is holding a Painting and Drawing contest on 3 themes to commemorate #16DaysOfActivism. Send your submissions to before 30 November, 2020 and win cash prizes!

More information here.

From November 13 to December 16

Various times 

Surviving Economic Abuse is running a series of free webinars over the next few months, increasing understanding and awareness of economic abuse across six key issues. These include privately owned housing, banking, coerced debt, children, COVID-19 and the police. 

Each session will provide an overview of the key theme and how it sits within the context of economic abuse. We would love for you to attend, whether you are working in the domestic abuse sector, within an industry with links to economic safety — such as banks, councils, or housing associations, or if you are simply curious to learn more.

Links to register here

Mon, December 7 

19:30 – 20:30 +08

Keeping the Faith: What Survivors From Faith Communities Want Us to Know

The Faith and VAWG Coalition’s policy briefing will outline the unique ways in which life under COVID-19 has impacted survivors from faith communities who are often also (though not exclusively) from migrant, Black and minoritised communities.


Naima Khan, the Director of the Inclusive Mosque Initiative.


Nicole Jacobs, Designate Domestic Abuse Commissioner for England and Wales

Dr Ava Kanyeredzi, Lead Member & Researcher on the Black Churches Domestic Abuse Forum

Faeeza Vaid MBE, Executive Director at Muslim Women's Network UK

Huda Jawad, Co-founder of Faith and VAWG Coalition, Standing Together

Register here.

Check out the entire Calendar Of Faith Based FREE #16DaysOfActivism Events

Knowledge building of adolescents of India towards gender and sexuality thereby, building their capacity to prevent experiences of Gender Based Violence. Located in New Delhi, India. 

December 6 

11 am 

Khushipura Village, Aligarh Dist (Uttar Pradesh)

More info here

25 November to 10 December 

Once a day 

Hollaback! operates as a perpetual affront to harassment — in all its forms. They started in 2005 working to end gender-based harassment in public space, also known as street harassment and have expanded since. 

Bystander intervention gives us tools to intervene without compromising our own safety. When we intervene, we don’t just reduce trauma for the person being street harassed. We also start to chip away at the culture that allows harassment to be so prevalent.

Alone we can’t shift the culture — but together — our actions matter.

With the support of L’Oreal Paris, the NYC Commission on Gender Equity and the Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence, there's a historic opportunity to train 20,000 people before 2021. 

Throughout the 16 days campaign they will host one training per day, with the goal of training 20,000 people throughout the campaign.

Each training is one hour, interactive, and includes a live trainer.

Details here.

There's a global spike in domestic violence, as resources are shifted to COVID relief, women and girls are left behind.

This is a link to global hotlines.

Together, we can end gender based violence, one step at a time! 

I write loads about abuse on Quora so take a look! 

Eshet chayil, God is a She. 



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