The 16 Days of Activism begins on 25th November on International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and ends on December 10th International Human Rights Day. These two dates highlight that violence against women is a human rights abuse.
During the 16 days, activists around the world use the campaign to further raise awareness about the prevalence and devastating impact of gender violence, to celebrate victories gained by the Women’s Rights Movement, challenge policy and practice that allow women to be targeted for acts of violence and demand that violence against women be recognized as an abuse of human rights.
Women and girl child abuse has been prevalent in many countries. Efforts have been put in place to promote girl child participation in many spheres of the country. 16 days of activism against gender violence comes at a time when many countries are fighting to end this discrimination of women by the society.
A study on domestic violence in rural Zimbabwe by two lecturers at the Great Zimbabwe University in Masvingo – Maxwell Chuma of the Department of Sociology and Bernard Chazovachii of the Department of Rural and Urban Development – indicates that “Violence perpetrated predominantly by men against women particularly in households is viewed as a normal part of gender relations.
speaking to Human rights activists they echoed sentiments that the these celebration must not be done only between 25 November to the 10th of December but it should be an everyday thing.