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16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence

The RCOG advocates for women's rights and the elimination of all forms of violence against women globally.

During 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, the international community is called upon to raise awareness and take action to end violence against all women and girls around the world.

The campaign runs from 25 November, International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, to 10 December, International Human Rights Day.


Important dates

  • 25 November: International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
  • 25 Nov – 10 Dec16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence
  • 10 December: Human Rights Day


Key information

  • 1 in 3 womenWomen who have been physically or sexually abused are 1.5 times more likely to have an STI (in some regions HIV), and 2 times more likely to have an abortion (2013 figures)
  • Intimate partner violence in pregnancy increases the likelihood of miscarriage, stillbirth, pre-term delivery and low birth weight babies
  • At least 200 million women and girls alive today have undergone Female Genital Mutilation or cutting. The majority were cut before the age of 5. (Source: World Health Organisation)

In line with Sustainable Development Goals 3 (Good Health and Wellbeing) and 5 (Gender Equality), the RCOG will call its global networks to action through social media campaigns, communications with members and at various College meetings and events.


Facebook Live Q&A – November 2018

As part of the RCOG’s campaign to raise awareness of gender-based violence, the College will hold a Facebook Live Q&A session on Wednesday 28 November 2018 at 12:45pm (UK time) with RCOG President, Professor Lesley Regan, and human rights lawyer, Professor Gorik Ooms. Kate Brian, Woman’s Voices Lead at the RCOG, will chair the session.

Human rights are an important component of the delivery of quality medical care. This session will explore the role of health professionals within the international human rights framework, and discuss the importance of adopting human rights based approaches to providing care.

To watch the Facebook Live Q&A session, please head to our Facebook page at


Join us and take action

Browse the RCOG resources for the "Orange the world" call to action and facilitating conversations on ending violence against women


Keep up to date

Follow our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts to see how our Fellows, Members and Trainees are helping to #orangetheworld during the #16days campaign.