UNFPA 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence: GBV Disruptor Conversations 2021

25 November 2021


To observe the 16 Days of Activism this year, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is launching a series of virtual GBV Disruptor conversations. Starting on 25 November through 10 December, we will celebrate key international moments including the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, World AIDS Day, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities and Human Rights Day. A special event on 6 December will mark femicide remembrance.

Wherever violence against women and girls occurs, it is a violation of human rights. UNFPA takes a stand against all forms of violence and this year, we are calling on people everywhere to stop violence in the digital realm. 

This virtual GBV Disruptor series aims to amplify the results from the UNFPA gender-based violence (GBV) related programme, with a focus on digital violence and technology-facilitated gender-based violence, and to advocate with and mobilize actors to increase attention on efforts to end GBV. 

Join the events by registering below.

High-Level Commemorative Event Co-Hosted by UNFPA and the Permanent Missions of Australia and South Africa to the UN with Key Partners

25 Nov 2021  |  8:30 a.m. EST   | 

Speakers will include Nafissatou Diop, Chief, Gender Human Rights Branch on behalf of UNFPA Deputy Executive Director-Programme Diene Keita, Australia Ambassador Fiona Webster, South Africa Ambassador Mathu Joyini, UNFPA Mozambique Representative Andrea Wojnar and representatives from the Australia E-Safety Commission. The event will be moderated by multimedia journalist Melissa Noel. 

Eliminating GBV in Senegal: Empowering Community Actors For Social Change 

29 Nov 2021    8:30 a.m. EST   |  

Speakers will include UNFPA Senegal Country Representative Cécile Compaoré Zoungrana; Director of the Family, Protection and Vulnerable People, Ministere de la Femme Mme Deme and Director of the Grandmother Project, Judi Aubel. 

Men & Boys Take Action: Prevent Violence Against Women of African Descent

30 Nov 2021    8:30 am EST   |  Register here

Speakers will include Founding Chair of CariMAN Peter Douglas Weller, A Call to Men Training Director Rickie Houston, South African young activist Nonhlanhla Chanza, UNFPA Brazil Focal Point Luana Silva with an artistic performance by surrealist blues poet Aja Monet. 

Girls' Voices in Ending AIDS    

1 Dec 2021    9:00 am EST   |  

Speakers will include representatives from Education Plus Young Women’s Leadership Hub Anita Kouassi, Jennifer Kayombo and Fatima Gomez and moderated by Education Plus Young Woman Leader Hazel Jojo.  

UNFPA with the Office of the First Lady of Namibia — Cyber Violence Against Women and Girls in East and Southern Africa: Challenging Misogynist Internet and Building Online Safety for Women and Girls  

2 Dec 2021    8:30 am EST   |  Register here

Speakers will include H.E. First Lady of Namibia, UNFPA Deputy Executive Director-Management Ib Petersen, Feminist Movement Building Programs Navina Mutabazi, journalist and gender digital security specialist Cecilia Maundun, ShutItAllDown Movement Ndiilokelwa Nthengwe, Progressive Communication Marwa Azelmat with an artistic interlude by South African Twin Poets.

International Day of Persons with Disabilities: Launch of UNFPA Disability Inclusion Strategy 

3 Dec 2021    8:30 am EST    |   

Speakers will include UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem, UNHCR Disabilities Activist Nujeen Musafa, Disability Rights and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights advocate Mariana Camacho, and Sustainable Development Goals Young Leader and Disability Rights Advocate Edward (Eddie) Ndopu. The event will be moderated by UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador Catarina Furtado, TV personality and actress. 

Making Femicide Visible: Where is the Data?

6 Dec 2021    8:30 a.m. EST   |  Register here.

Speakers will include UNFPA Deputy Executive Director-Management Ib Petersen, Faculty Director of the Centre for Women’s Global Leadership Dr. Ousseina Alidou, Cree/Iroquois/French, award-winning journalist Brandi Morinand and representatives from the Canada Femicide Observatory, the South Africa Femicide Watch and the Center of Excellence for Civil Registration & Vital Statistics.

Gender Transformative Approaches to GBV Prevention and Response in Humanitarian Settings 

7 Dec 2021   9:00 a.m. EDT   |  Register here.

Even in emergencies, UNFPA strives to make gender-based violence life-saving services gender-transformative. This conversation will focus on examples of transformational change in humanitarian settings in three regions. 

Prevention of Sexual Exploitation & Abuse: If You See Something, Say Something 

8 Dec 2021   8:30 a.m. EDT  |  Register here.   

Speakers will include representatives from UNFPA regional offices and key partners.

Put Young People First: Accelerating Progress to Eliminate Female Genital Mutilation  

9 Dec 2021    8:30 a.m. EDT   

A live Twitter chat with youth who participated in the Global Youth Roundtable on Ending Female Genital Mutilation in Senegal. Follow the Global Joint Programme on the Elimination of FGM on Twitter for more information.

Human Rights Day: Defending our Human Right to Sexual and Reproductive Health 

10 Dec 2021    9:00 am EDT   |  Register here.

Speakers will include the Director of the UNFPA Technical Division, Dr. Julitta Onabanjo, UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women Reem Alsalem, Executive Director of Reproductive Health Network Kenya Nelly Munyasia, Executive Director of Women’s Rights Division, Human Rights Watch Macarena Sáez and young activist and Director of Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights Eunice Leyva García. The session will be moderated by Executive Director of the Centre for Women’s Global Leadership Krishanti Dharmaraj. 

If you missed any live events, follow the recordings via 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence: GBV Disruptor Conversations playlist on YouTube.


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