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Girls’ Power Initiative (GPI) Nigeria is marking the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence from 25 November to 10 December 2021.

2021 marks the 30th anniversary of the Global 16 Days Campaign initiated in 1991 by Center for Women’s Global Leadership Institute New Jersey, USA. The Campaign focused on raising awareness about violence against women (VAW).

The decision for this annual campaign which has become an international event lasting 16 days was based on the need to emphasize violence against women as a human rights issue by symbolically linking it to important annual dates: 25th November – International Day Against Violence Against Women, 29th November – International Women’s Rights Defenders Day, 1st December – World AIDS Day and 10th December – International Human Rights Day, with the 16 days between them devoted to action to call for elimination of all forms of gender-based violence wherever it occurs.

This year’s theme “Orange the World: End Violence Against Women Now still sings the song of ending all forms of violence against women and girls. Let us all join hands and put an end to Violence.

GPI will be organising some activities as part of the 16 days of activism as follows:

1. Training of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and Community Based Organizations (CBOs) on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) and Child Early and Forced Marriage (CEFM) and developing effective prevention interventions for CSOs working with vulnerable groups from 30th Nov to 2nd Dec in Cross River State and Akwa Ibom State.

2. Training on understanding and integrating Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) and child protection for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) working with vulnerable groups from 6th to 10th December 2021 in Cross River State with support from Palladium under the SCALE project.

3. We will be working with the Cross River State Ministry of Women Affairs (MOWA) to organise a road walk and radio discussions on Ending sexual and gender based violence and promoting gender equality.