16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence

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From November 25th (International End Violence Against Women Day) through December 10th (International Human Rights Day), USAID joins the international community for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence.

As we mark the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, we join thousands of organizations around the world in calling for an end to gender-based violence.

Over the past three years, the United States Government and USAID have increased awareness of gender-based violence (GBV) and made the prevention and response to GBV a priority in foreign policy and development assistance programming. Preventing and responding to GBV is a core element of a number of policies and strategies including the:

During these 16 Days, let us honor and remember all those who have been affected by gender-based violence and redouble our efforts to end this enduring outrage.

~ USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah


See how USAID and its partners are marking the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence

USAID Efforts Targeting Gender-Based Violence

USAID programs address the root causes of gender-based violence; improve prevention and protection services; respond to the health and economic needs of those affected; and support legal frameworks that, when implemented, mitigate against it. 

Gender-Based Violence Incentive Funds

USAID encourages missions to integrate gender-based violence prevention and response efforts into their portfolios, with an emphasis on building upon existing activities that can have a broadly transformative impact and are good candidates for scale-up.

USAID Gender-Based Violence Toolkits

USAID's toolkits support the implementation of the U.S. Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender-based Violence Globally. These toolkits can be used as a resource on how to address gender-based violence in a variety of sectors.

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image of boys in the village of Bunyakiri, eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo
Young people in the village of Bunyakiri, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). By helping young people to develop positive beliefs and attitudes, a USAID project can prevent future acts of violence, and contribute to peace and equity in DRC.
J. Harris, International Medical Corps

Last updated: November 25, 2014

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