The 2022 16 Days of Activism to End Violence Against Women and Girls has been launched in Honiara, with a street parade to mark the beginning of the campaign.

From 25th November to 10th of December 2022 provinces and all sectors in the country will work together to spread crucial violence prevention messages around the chosen theme ‘Iumi Tugeda Mekem Kandere Blo Iumi Safe For Olketa Familis Blo Iumi’.

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an annual campaign that begins on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs through International Human Rights Day on 10 December.

Led by civil society, the campaign is supported by the United Nations through the Secretary General’s UNiTE by 2030 to End Violence against Women initiative. This year, the UN marks the 16 Days under the theme “UNiTE! Activism to end violence against women and girls”.

Violence against women and girls remains the most pervasive human rights violation around the world. Already heightened by the COVID-19 pandemic, its prevalence is now being further increased by the intersecting crises of climate change, global conflict and economic instability.

This 16 Days, organisers are encouraging everyone to get involved: from amplifying the voices of survivors and activists to supporting women’s organizations to reduce and prevent violence against women and girls, and protect women’s rights.

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