16 Days of Activism East and Southern Africa Region events

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This year, the official commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women at UN Headquarters will take place on 23 November and will be followed by a press conference on the joint UNODC and UN Women global study on gender-related killings (femicide/feminicide).

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence is an international campaign that was started and is led by civil society. In support of this initiative, the UN Secretary General launched the UNiTE by 2030 to End Violence against Women campaign in 2008 to call for greater global action to end violence against women. The global theme for this year’s UNiTE campaign is “UNITE! Activism to end violence against women and girls”, calling upon governments and partners to show their solidarity to women’s rights movements and activists and inviting everyone to join the global movement in ‘pushing forward’ against the push back, to end violence against women once and for all.


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  • 24.11.22: Equality Cafe: Media breakfast and informal conversation with media and influencers to launch 16 Days of Activism. 
  • 25.11.22: Visual Art Exhibition & Concert - Nairobi 
  • 30.11.22: Advocacy Idea-thon. GBV Action Coalition. For GBV AC Leaders and Members in ESAR
  • 02.12.22: Public Symposium: What Works to Advance the Agenda? Organizers: Regional UN Disability WG /Participants:
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24.11.22 Press Day: UN Women/Ministry of Women Affairs Joint Press Conference to Launch 16 Days of Activism against GBV. 

25.11.22 Launch Day: National Launch of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence. 

28.11.22: Panel Discussion: Round table discussion on violence against women in politics. 

01.12.22: World AIDS Day. Stakeholder dialogue on the HIV Response in Zimbabwe opportunities and gaps. 

1.12.22: Spotlight Initiative: #ViolenceFreeSpaces Campaign at University of Zimbabwe main campus in Harare.

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25.11.22: National Launch of 16 Days of Activism  Arusha by the President of Tanzania, HE Samia Suluhu Hassan.

25.11.22 Zanzibar Launch of 16 Days of Activism - Zanzibar.  HeforShe 2023 programme launch by the Vice President of Zanzibar. 

29.11.22 Launch of the EU-sponsored programme “Ending Violence against Women and Girls and Advancing Women’s Leadership. 

02.12.22: Meeting on Strengthening Women with Disabilities' Activism to End Violence against Women and Girls


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25.11.22: National Launch of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence with rural community

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24.11.22: Equality Cafe 

28-30.11.22: Media Outreach

01.12.22: University of Nairobi GBV space launch - in partnership with UNESCO and the University of Nairobi and Action Aid. Kenya's will open its first GBV reporting desk in a high education institution

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25.11.22: Policy Dialogue and Panel 

25.11.22: Photo exhibition Youth Engagement 

06.12.22: Youth Engagement 

6.12.22: Panel Discussion: Breaking the cycle of violence: Ethiopia Network of Women Shelters (ENWS) 

7-8.12.22: Media Training on GBV reporting and 16 Days of Activism awareness 





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'SHE SAID' Movie screening 

Cross Country Police Caravan 

Karamoja District, West Nile Region and Gulu - Northern Uganda 16 Days of Activism public launch. 

Orange Campaign - The Nile River 

What Were You Wearing Clothing Exhibition 

29.11.22: Symposium - UN Agencies, Ugandan Government and Embassy of Netherlands 

8.12.22: National Symposium on SGBV