BCH staff mark the start of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence by joining the #HandsUp campaign.
What is the 16 Days of Activism?
The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence is a global campaign to raise awareness about violence against women and its impact on a woman's physical, psychological, social and spiritual well-being. The 16 Days begin on 25th November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and ends on December 10th, International Human Rights Day. These dates were chosen to highlight that violence against women is a human rights abuse.
During the 16 Days, people from around the world use the campaign to raise awareness about the prevalence and devastating impact of violence against women, to celebrate victories gained, challenge the structures that enable and support violence against women to occur at such an alarming rate, and demand that violence against women be recognised as an abuse of human rights.
What is the #HandsUp for gender equality campaign?
#HandsUp is a social marketing campaign that advocates for gender equality in our communities and encourages individuals to think about why gender equality is important to them. This campaign will run over the 16 Days of Activism.
By participating in the #HandsUp campaign, you can add your voice to the public conversation about gender equality. Sharing your message (via social media or other avenues) about how we can achieve gender equality can also encourage others in the community to stop and think about examples from their own lives.
By raising awareness of gender equality and talking about why it is important for all of us we can help to shift the conversation to what we need to change in order to achieve gender equality.
So - will you put your #HandsUp?
Click here for more information about how to get involved or about why gender equality is so important in putting an end to violence.