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16 days activism

Stand Against Gender-Based Violence! Join the 16 Days of Activism!

From November 25 to December 10, PHM will run a special activism campaign to end gender-based violence, stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people and against war.

We, feminists and health activists of the Gender Justice and Health thematic group of the People’s Health Movement (PHM) stand against the genocide of the Palestinian people, the sexual violence in conflict-ridden Tigray, the forced displacement of the people consequent to war, conflict, violence from Myanmar, South Sudan, Ukraine and in many other parts of the world.

We stand in solidarity with the human and health rights defenders and movements in these locations and in other countries and regions that are resisting the wrath, the misogyny of fundamentalist and violent States and communities.

We restate our commitment to speak up against systemic, gender injustices, to speak truth to power. We rise against gender-based violence (GBV), one of the most widespread, persistent, and devastating human rights violations in almost every country and region in the world with devastating consequences for well-being and life. Yet, largely unreported due to the impunity, silence, and stigma surrounding it.

We, the gender justice and health thematic members of the People’s Health Movement (PHM), remain steadfast inchallenging the structures of power and inequity that perpetuate, sustain, and normalise GBV. The intersections ofpatriarchy with colonialism, capitalism, racism, casteism, ableism, fundamentalism, imperialism, militarisation, and heteronormativity must be interrogated towards informing our intersectional activism in addressing these injustices.

We urge you to be part of the global campaign for Sixteen Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence (GBV) that begins on November 25 (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) and concludes on December 10 (International Human Rights Day).

This year, as part of the campaign, we raise our voices, reiterate our resistance against the root causes of the current crisis of humanity; we forcefully express our solidarity with all the Palestinian people, particularly women, girls, and children;  healthcare workers, doctors, and humanitarian workers; and journalists in Gaza and the West Bank.

Join us in the 16-day campaign in solidarity with the Palestinian people; against war, conflict, and GBV, by:

1. Developing short video clips, songs, poems, and messages (in your local languages)
2. Developing posters and statements (in your local languages)
3. Organising webinars and meetings in local languages.
Please share these with us – your expressions, voices, and messages to Sarojini N <[email protected]>, with a CC to Adsa Fatima [email protected] and Deepika Joshi <[email protected]>. These video clips, posters, and messages etc will be uploaded to the PHM website and social media channels, as well as shared on the PHM exchange with your consent. 

We, from the Gender Justice and Health Thematic Group, and from the Health For All Campaign are planning for a webinar/s, and interactive sessions during these campaign days to focus on amplifying voices and discussions and deepening feminist solidarity with the ongoing struggles in Palestine and other parts of the world, along with other actions.

We draw strength and hope from our collective struggles for gender, racial, climate, health, economic, and social justice.

Stand For Justice!