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CDC, State Department, USAID Recognize 16 Days Of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

CDC’s “Our Global Voices”: Creating Strength in Numbers to End Violence Against Women & Girls
Recognizing the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign that takes place annually between the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on November 25 and Human Rights Day on December 10, Daniela Ligiero, executive director and CEO of Together for Girls, writes, “At Together for Girls, we believe that in order to effectively prevent and respond to violence, we must first understand it — and it starts with the data.” Ligiero describes the Violence Against Children Surveys (VACS), led by CDC in partnership with Together for Girls, which collects data on violence against youth worldwide (11/22).

U.S. Department of State’s “DipNote”: Let’s Recommit to Ending Violence Against Women and Girls
Rahima Kandahari, director of operations in the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues, writes, “Throughout the 16 Days of Activism, the U.S. Department of State and U.S. diplomatic missions around the world are stepping up global efforts to engage communities, continue support to survivors, and invest in prevention. After all, this form of violence can be a human rights issue, a health issue, an economic issue, and a security issue. … When we stand up for women and girls’ rights, the entire world benefits” (11/25).

USAID: 16 Day of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence
This site outlines ways USAID is recognizing and contributing to the 16 Days campaign, including “by supporting efforts to prevent and respond to gender-based violence, or GBV, in more than 40 countries worldwide. USAID-supported interventions to combat gender-based violence include confidential medical care, counseling, legal assistance, and community-based action and awareness programs…” (11/24).

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