A series of different events will be hosted across the world, ranging from marches to exhibitions. The UN Secretary General has launched a campaign called “UNiTE to End Violence against Women by 2030” to spread awareness on the topic.
On Friday 24 November, the World Food Programme (WFP) hosted an event to mark the opening of the 16 days. Inge Nordang, the Ambassador of Norway to the UN agencies in Rome, held a speech about how Norway has worked to end violence against women and girls in all spheres of life. The Norwegian government’s view is clear: violence against women and domestic violence is unacceptable. With laws, services and early prevention, ending gender-based violence can become a reality.
In relation to the ongoing, worldwide “#metoo”-campaign, the 16 Days of Activism are highly relevant. The campaign has revealed that millions of women have experienced sexual harassment, abuse, or violence in their lives. Hopefully, no woman working in the UN can think of their work situation and say “me too”, because if they can, there is a huge challenge right in front of us.