16 Highlights from the #16Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign

A list of 16 actions and stories we came across during this year’s campaign to end gender-based violence. We invite you to share projects, videos, and more to this list.

How You Can Support Immigrant Women Survivors of Gender-Based Violence

Immigrant women who are survivors of sexual violence in the U.S. face additional barriers to support in the form of language differences, a lack of culturally relevant services, and navigating complicated legal systems.

Egypt’s Unrevolutionary Conduct: Sexual Harassment of Women Protestors

Our latest in-depth playlist takes a look at one aspect of the political turmoil in Egypt that many would rather keep hidden: gender-based violence.

International Women’s Day Sees Sparse Progress in Ending Impunity

On March 8th, the world celebrates International Women’s Day. It’s a somber celebration, though: despite progress in some areas, more must be done to end impunity for perpetrators of gender-based violence.

One Million Men. One Million Promises. One Million Videos.

Men are joining the movement against violence against women like never before. The One Million Men. One Million Promises campaign is unifying their voices, and using video to amplify them.

16 Days Series: Systems of Impunity – Gender-Based Violence in the USA

As a citizen of a nation that’s infamous for policing other countries’ human rights abuses, I rarely examine the abuses enabled by the discriminatory structures of the United States criminal justice system. So when I was asked to compile a video playlist for WITNESS’s participation in the global campaign 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, I began to think about the lack of introspection amongst Western voices critical of gender-based violence.

16 Days Series: Revealing Rape – How to Illustrate a Crime

Women describe their rapes from behind black face scarves in videos on our site that documents sexualized violence in Syria. We have no photos of women whose faces aren’t covered. We have few photos of survivors of rape even with their faces covered. Sometimes these women hide themselves for religious reasons or for safety—for fear of retribution for speaking out—but oftentimes they cover themselves out of mortification. Rape has taken their cultural purity.

16 Days Series: Rape as Weapon in Political, Ethnic & Religious Conflict in Burma

Over the last half-century, the Burmese have endured a violent military regime, censorship, ethnic tension, and religious conflict. As these videos indicate, the conflict in Burma affects minority populations and their women the most.

#ImHere – THE CALL: A Choice No Mother Should Face

Imagine dropping your child off at school every day, afraid that you won’t be back at pick-up time. Imagine staying with a violent partner because calling the cops could tear you away from your kids. Imagine arranging for a neighbor to take care of your children in case you disappear — which could happen any time. Tough to imagine? This is reality for millions of immigrant women in the United States.

“Half the Sky,” or Half the Story?

I was disturbed by PBS’s new film, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women. The two-part series is inspired by the 2010 book of the same name written by New York Times reporter Nicholas Kristof and his wife, Sheryl WuDunn. Accompanied by high profile celebrities, Kristof takes viewers on a tour of the dangers that women face in the developing world.

A Hidden Truth: Gender-Based Violence in Zambia

In commemoration of the global 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign, we are highlighting activists and organizations who are using the power of video in their campaigns to address gender-based violence through a series of guest posts. Read previous posts in this series.

Raising Our Voices to End Violence Against Women: The 16 Days Campaign

In commemoration of the global 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign, we are highlighting activists and organizations who are using the power of video in their campaigns to address gender-based violence through a series of guest posts. To kick it off and introduce the 16 Days Campaign, our first post is by Julie Ann Salthouse.

Celebrate Women’s History Month and Support our Partners

This month, we’ve been looking back at WITNESS’ past work with grassroots partners on women’s rights as part of our ongoing celebration of the International Women’s Day Centenary and Women’s History Month.

YouTube and WITNESS Honor International Women’s Day

Today, March 8th, is International Women’s Day- the centenary celebration in fact. In honor of this day WITNESS joined YouTube to curate four videos to spotlight on their homepage until noon ET.

Precarious Progress: Women Peacemakers Conference

Last week from September 29-October 1, I was able to attend the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice’s “Precarious Progress: UN Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security” working conference aimed at examining the progress made by recent UN Security Council Resolutions regarding women and armed conflict.