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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 Dec: 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence
  • 10 December: Human Rights Day

 

2020 – 16 Days of Activism 2020: All the women we won't miss

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych) have joined up together for the UN System's 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, to ensure that healthcare professionals are better placed to spot signs of violence and abuse and direct women to places of safety and support.

Read more including professional tools for health professionals and resources for women

 

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.

 

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: