16 Days of Activism 2012
November 25, 2012
Starting on Sunday, November 25th, JDI will participate in an international effort entitled: 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign. Each day, we will post information and invite your comments about the roles we can play – collectively and individually – to create a world where everyone lives in safety and enjoys healthy, positive and loving relationships and communities.
JDI holds a core belief that domestic and sexual violence are human rights violations. This philosophy and our analysis help explain that adults and youth – regardless of gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, age, physical ability or other attribute – experience sexual and domestic violence as a very personal violation by perpetrators who use violence, threats and other tactics to gain and keep power and control. As an example, up to 70% of women worldwide will experience gender-based violence in their lifetime. This reality has an impact on all of us at multiple levels. Our communities and our collective well being are also affected by that abuse.
Participating in the 16 Days of Violence Campaign reaffirms our commitment to a global human rights agenda that recognizes the only way to prevent domestic and sexual violence is to acknowledgeand address the multiple and intersecting oppressions that undermine an individual’s human rights and dignity.
So get ready and follow us throughout the 16 Days campaign and add your voice to those of all victims and survivors around the world who refuse to be silent. Share your stories and information, post your thoughts, and raise questions. For more information, visit http://16dayscwgl.rutgers.edu/.
Mary R. Lauby