BAKU, 23 November 2017 – “16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence” campaign is launched in Azerbaijan with support of international organisations, state agencies and civil society. The campaign aims to raise awareness and mobilise population on the issue of violence against women and young girls.
The global campaign held from 25 November, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, till 10 December, Human Rights Day, calls for state and non-state actors, populations and individuals around the world to take action to end all forms of violence against women and young girls with all possible tools.
The nation-wide campaign to prevent gender-based violence in Azerbaijan is supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees (UNHCR), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), International Organization for Migration (IOM), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the United States government via the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and State Committee of Family, Women and Children Affairs of Azerbaijan Republic.
The organisers will hold community outreach events through leaflet dissemination in ASAN centres across the country, awareness raising through bicycle march, as well as public talks about gender equality in various realms of social life.
Along with offline actions, the campaigners will also target online community to convey their message against gender-based violence through 16 short videos about adverse impact of this phenomenon.
These 16 days will demonstrate the unity with the community around the world to prevent and eliminate violence against women and girls, creating effective tools and mechanisms to take action. This campaign has been conducted in Azerbaijan since 2008.