Increasing Collective Action

One of the ways the GBV Prevention Network works to increase collective action and activism is through the annual 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence. This campaign was initiated by the Rutgers University Center for Women’s Global Leadership. It calls on women’s rights advocates and activists around the world to use the period from 25 November-10 December for intense activism to address the issues of violence against women.

“This year’s 16 Days Campaign has set a right pulse for our work. The materials were very interactive and this encourages critical thinking and discussions amongst people. Therefore, our visits and discussions have instilled hope and brought a feeling of being considered important just like men.”
– Network Member


Since 2004, the GBV Prevention Network has spearheaded regionalization of the campaign for the Horn, East and Southern Africa. With typically more than 75 member organizations across the region actively participating, the campaign creates a strong and coherent regional voice during the 16 Days of Activism. Participating members each receive a box bursting with campaign materials and ideas all focused around one clear annual theme often adapted for our context from the global theme by members. The Action and Advocacy Kits vary each year but always include multiple materials for dynamic organizing:

  • Posters
  • Games
  • Training Sessions
  • Community Activity Guides
  • Stickers
  • T-shirts
  • Press Releases
  • SMS Campaigns