The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence begins on International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, November 25 and ends on Human Rights Day, December 10.

Gender-Based Violence (GBV) is a global epidemic, cutting across societies, classes, races, religions and ethnicities. Deeply rooted in gender norms, discrimination and inequality, GBV most heavily impacts women and girls, as well as LGBTQI individuals. An estimated 1 in 3 women worldwide experiences physical or sexual violence during the course of her lifetime. GBV undermines women’s autonomy and health, putting them at a greater risk of injury, unwanted pregnancy, HIV and other STIs, unsafe abortion and a number of maternal health complications, among other detrimental impacts.

During this campaign, PAI will be sharing analysis of U.S. policies and the work of our partner organizations around the world, as we strive together to end GBV and ensure that all survivors have access to the critical care they need.

Blog Post By Allison Doody, Senior International Advocacy Associate

Actualizing DRC’s Commitment to End Child Marriage

In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), adolescents and youth face countless barriers to realizing their sexual and reproductive health and rights—from stigma surrounding access to contraception, to lack of comprehensive sexuality education…read more.

Blog Post by Jamie Vernaelde, Senior Research and Policy Analyst

Human Rights, Day 16: Freedom from Violence for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

To live free from violence is a sexual and reproductive right. Just over a year ago, the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) elaborated on the…read more

Blog Post by Hilda Argüello Avendaño, Technical Secretariat, Maternal Mortality Observatory

PAI Partner Perspective: Shedding Light on the Invisible Problem of Gender-Based Violence in Chiapas

As part of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, we are highlighting the work of our partner, the Maternal Mortality Observatory (OMM) in Mexico. Hilda Argüello Avendaño shares the challenges civil society organizations (CSOs) like the OMM…read more.

Washington Memo by Rebecca Dennis, Senior Legislative Policy Analyst

Diplomatic Doublespeak: U.S. Representatives Seek to Undermine U.N. Sex and Gender Terminology Ahead of Commemorative Day to End Gender-Based Violence

As United Nations leaders gathered on November 26 to commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (officially recognized on November 25), the United States…read more.