16daysFrom November 25th to December 10th 2013, the Women’s International Network of the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC-WIN) will actively participate in the 16 days of activism against gender violence with an Internet campaign to denounce all kinds of gender violence comprising radio shows from around the world.

The 2013 international theme of the campaign is “From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Let’s Challenge Militarism and End Violence against Women!” The 2013 16 Days Campaign advocates for awareness and action on the multi-faceted intersections of gender-based violence and militarism, while highlighting the connection between the struggle for economic and social rights and ending gender-based violence. The theme focuses on militarism as a creation and normalization of a culture of fear that is supported by the use or threat of violence, aggression, as well as military intervention in response to political and social disputes or to enforce economic and political interests. Like every year, the Women’s International Network of AMARC joins women’s organizations, governments and international organizations around the world by dedicating those 16 days of action to eliminate violence against women across the globe.

The 16 days
The 16 days campaign starts on November 25th with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women; it continues on November 29th with the International Women’s Human Rights Defenders Day; followed by December 1st: World AIDS Day; December 6th: Commemoration day of the Montreal (Canada) Massacre in 1989 and ended with the commemoration of sixty years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on December 10th for the International Human rights Day.

AMARC and 16 days
The 10th AMARC World Assembly, which took place in 2010, firmly took position against gender violence, stating that: “Community radio stations express their solidarity and denounce all forms of sexual or gender violence, from domestic violence to armed conflict. We ask states and governments for the recognition of the UN Convention for the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women, the Platform for Action of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security.”