16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Underway
The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign that commences on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs until 10 December, Human Rights Day.
"We will open our hearts to the cries of the poor using our energies, gifts and resources to address violence and discrimination especially for women and children..." (Chapter Statement)
WHO (World Health Organisation) tells us that Gender-based violence is a global public health, gender equality and human rights priority. It remains a systemic crisis, affecting 1 in 3 women worldwide. Risks increase during humanitarian emergencies or when women face greater curtailments of their essential rights, such as access to education, healthcare or freedom of movement.
ACRATH (Australian Catholic religious Against Trafficking in Humans) of which Sisters of Mercy Parramatta is a supporter, is launching its 16 Days of Activism this year with the Australian Embassy to the Holy See in Rome, focussing on women migrant workers vulnerable to exploitation.
Watch the Joint Statement by ACRATH and Australia’s Ambassador to the Holy See
Additional resources to mark the 16 days can be found on the ACRATH website here