Promoting an End to Gender-Based Violence
While considerable international and national attention has resulted in changes in the issue and prevalence of gender-based violence, its pervasiveness continues. Violence against women, including during war, is used to drive fear, terrorize and humiliate women, their families and their communities. According to the World Health Organization, women aged 15-44 are more at risk from rape and domestic violence than cancer, car accidents, war and malaria.
Militarism is a key source of violence against women. Gendered attacks on civilians participating in social movements and during military interventions and ongoing conflicts exemplify the ways in which violence against women is used to create a culture of fear. Militarism also privileges violent forms of masculinity, which often has grave consequences for the safety and security of women, children, men and society as a whole. Militarism has material, institutional, cultural, and psychological consequences. As a result, there is an urgent need to address militaristic processes that perpetuate gender violence.
Our goal in this priority program area is to strengthen the capacity of the global women's movement and its leaders by coordinating global campaigns for the elimination of gender-based violence, supporting regional and local campaigns, and contributing new and timely analyses about the intersections between violence against women and militarism. CWGL works with organizations worldwide to build coalitions, convene meetings to formulate strategy, and develop tools to facilitate local and global advocacy to end gender-based violence.
16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence is a global advocacy campaign coordinated by CWGL, which highlights linkages between violence against women, militarism and human rights. The Campaign is an organizing tool used by individuals and organizations worldwide to advocate for, and promote actions and policies to end gender-based violence.