UNFPA is committed to disrupting and ending all forms of violence against women and girls and other harmful practices by 2030. The 16 Days of Activism campaign provides an important platform each year to focus the world’s attention on our common goal of ending violence against women and girls. We extend an invitation to all to join us in this effort.
This year, under the the UNiTE theme, “Activism to End Violence against Women & Girls”, UNFPA will focus on making online spaces safe by highlighting digital violence and all forms of gender-based violence (GBV) facilitated by technology. We will also focus on innovations in GBV prevention and response measures, as well as the power of combining art and activism (artivism) to disrupt violence in both the real and virtual worlds. By amplifying the voices of changemakers we work towards our goal of ensuring that women and girls can exercise their inalienable right to feel safe, thrive and flourish wherever they find themselves.
Artivism for Gender Equality: Disrupting Violence Against Women & Girls
28 Nov 2022 | 8:30 - 9:30a.m. EST
Join a panel of talented artists and UNFPA technical staff to participate in a discussion on how to influence activism through art. Nafissatou Diop (Chief, GHRB), Shudufhadzo (Shudu) Musida (UNFPA Regional Champion, Miss South Africa 2020), Nikkolas Smith, Rand Jarallah, and Sarah Little, moderated by Melissa Noel, Contributing News and Politics Editor at Essence.
Technology Facilitated GBV Symposium
29 Nov - 1 Dec 2022 (by invitation - highlights will be shared after 10 Dec)
In partnership with The Wilson Center, this 3-day global symposium on technology-facilitated gender-based violence brings together stakeholders from technology companies, academia, civil society organizations, activists, and young people to share knowledge and experiences in how to address TFGBV moving forward.
World AIDS Day: Girls Voices Against AIDS
1 Dec 2022 | 9:00 - 10:00a.m. EST
In collaboration with Education Plus Young Women Leaders, UNFPA will host this webinar to amplify young women’s voices and participation in decision making, and their role as leaders in the global response to HIV and AIDS.
Disability Day – We Decide Photo Exhibit & Launch
2 Dec 2022 | 1:00 - 2:00pm EST (In person at the United Nations Secretariat)
To commemorate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, UNFPA and partners are launching the “WANTED: A World for One Billion” immersive exhibit in the UN Secretariat visitor’s lobby. The inauguration event will include persons with disabilities whose stories featured at the exhibit from Ecuador, Morocco and Mozambique as well as US based artists with disabilities to take us on a journey through their artwork. Additionally, representatives from member states and partners will be present at the event.
FLAGSHIP EVENT: Technology-facilitated GBV Against Women and Girls Convening
7 Dec 2022 | 10:00 - 1:30p.m. EST
For this event, UNFPA has joined Grace Farms Foundation for a comprehensive half-day forum with leading national and international experts, advocates and survivors who will examine and assess strategies to address technology-facilitated gender-based violence.
FLAGSHIP EVENT: Empowered to Choose – Leveraging Cash Assistance in GBV Response
8 Dec 2022 | 8:30 - 10:00a.m. EST
UNFPA is co-sponsoring an event with the Swiss and US governments to raise awareness of the role and objectives of Cash Assistance within the GBV response. Moderated by Joanna Friedman with high-level staff featuring Johns Hopkins University, GBV case workers from Colombia, Lebanon, Jordan and the Philippines.
From Human Rights on Paper to Practice: Implementing Sexual and Reproductive Health Laws
12 Dec 2022 | 9:00 - 10:00a.m. EST
In recognition of Human Rights Day, this event will raise attention to the new global database on sexual and reproductive health laws and regulations. Featuring the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health, Dr. Tlaleng Mofokeng, the webinar will bring together the latest data and research on implementing laws to protect and support sexual and reproductive health and rights worldwide.