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1 Feb 2017 - 17:30

Orange the World Youth Summit - 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children

 

The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children is an international awareness-raising campaign. It takes place every year from 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) to 10 December (International Human Rights Day). The campaign calls for global action to increase worldwide awareness and create opportunities for discussion about challenges and solutions.

2016 marks the 25th year of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign, initiated in 1991 and coordinated by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership. Given such insecurity and lack of safety in relation to education, and informed by the results of a global survey, the theme of the 16 Days Campaign for 2016 is “From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Make Education Safe for All”. This theme recognizes that structural discrimination and inequality is perpetuated in a cycle of violence that does not end even when girls and young women are in the act of gaining an education. Gender-based violence with respect to the right to education is a consistent threat in public spaces, schools, and homes and is a detriment to the universal human right to education and it is our obligation to focus on the precarious situation of educati on for girls and boys, young women and men this year through the 16 Days Campaign.

As part of the 16 Days of Activism, the Global Citizenship Programme joined a team of organisations, led by the Madina Institute Centre for Non-Violence and Peace Studies in hosting a Youth Summit on the 10 December 2016 at the Cape Sun Hotel, to unite and raise awareness against gender based violence.

The Summit was attended by about 300 young people between the ages of 14-18 years. As part of the programme, GC contributed towards the facilitated discussions around the themes of Awareness and Sensitisation, Economic Empowerment, Know Your Rights, and Global Voices contributed to the Universal Periodic Review. Within each topic, we looked at challenges, enablers and building blocks in terms of GBV education.

Despite some framing and conceptual challenges, the event was a success and the Global Citizenship Programme was able to contribute in terms of facilitators who could lead the discussions and create a safe learning and critical environment.

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