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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 Violence1 in 3 women
  • 10 December: Human Rights Day

Key messages

  • Women 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.

The highlight this year will be a special staff lunchtime session at the RCOG run by the Royal College of Midwives which will include presentations by survivors of female genital mutilation and forced marriage, as well as campaigners against gender-based violence. The session on 5 December will be broadcast live on our Facebook page from 12:00 to 12:45pm.

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.