16 Ways to Say NO to Violence against Women

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Today marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. UN Women launched in November 2009 a social mobilization platform on ending violence against women and girls, contributing towards UN Secretary General’s system -wide campaign, UNiTE to End Violence against Women. The social mobilization platform titled Say NO. Say NO – UniTE ‘showcases advocacy efforts and engages people from all walks of life, online and on the ground’, according to the official website. The Spokesperson of Say NO – UNiTE is UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Nicole Kidman.

This day also marks the beginning of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence Campaign. Thisis an international campaign that began in 1991. From November 25th, the International Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women, to December 10th, International Human Rights Day, the campaign calls on people and groups around the world to act to end all forms of violence against women and girls.

The campaign links several significant dates in its 16 days, including November 29th, International Women’s Human Rights Defenders Day; December 1st, World AIDS Day; and December 6th, the anniversary of the Montreal Massacre, where a man deliberately gunned down 14 women students.

Say NO – UniTE invites people around the world to take action in rising awareness about this campaign. Here are the first 16 steps in 16 days one can take to mark the 16 Days of Activism as presented on .

1. Do you know someone who doesn’t know about the 16 Days of Activism? Take the first step – make them aware!

2. Create your own 16 Days action and post it on – you can screen a film about violence against women; organize community events, marches, petition drives, awareness workshops and more. Take action!

3. Take the Say NO – UNiTE Quiz at to test your knowledge and share it on Facebook and Twitter.

4. Violence against women happens every minute, every day. Send a Wake Up Call to your friends, family and networks and start the conversation.

5. Take back the technology to prevent violence against women and girls. Take action!!

6. Girls and young women are vulnerable to violence in their homes, schools, streets and work place. Join the Girl Guides and Girl Scouts to make their voices heard! Join the webinar today!

7. Today is the World AIDS Day. The World AIDS Campaign is all about getting to zero – zero  new HIV Infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS related deaths. Pick your action and demand for zero.

8. “What will it take to end violence against women and girls?” Join the Facebook discussion and Tweet using #16DaystoSayNO!

9. In cities around the world, women and girls face sexual harassment in public spaces. Hollaback to end street harassment. Take action!

10. There is no security without women’s security. What does security mean to you? Post your view!

11. Celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the UN Trust Fund – Watch and Take Action!

12. 16 Things that men and boys can do to end violence against women. Spread the word and take action!

13. Organize a Shine Your Light Walk to take back the night in your community. Organize now!

14. Can violence against women end? Have your say – blog about it and post here. Take action!

15. There is a global campaign to end violence against women led by the UN Secretary-General! Chat with UNiTE Campaign Manager Aldijana Sisic on Twitter using #AskUNiTE or on our Facebook page. Join the conversation!

16. Be a change maker – donate to the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women to support projects that change women’s lives. Donate now!

Here you can find out more about International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women celebrated on November 25:


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