Women’s rights are under attack across the world, whether it’s our right to speak up against injustice, choose what to wear, or decide what happens to our bodies.
But women dare to challenge oppression with acts of defiance — even in the most difficult and dangerous circumstances.
It’s time to join them.
A Global Campaign to Champion the Women Who Dare
#SheDares is a movement to galvanize support for women survivors of war who stand up for their rights and bring change. It’s a celebration of the bravery of all women: our friends, our families, ourselves.
And it’s a rallying cry.
As we approach the 16 Days of Activism, we dare you to join us and honor the daring women in your life.
Since 1991, 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence takes place every year between 25th November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) and 10th December (Human Rights Day) to raise awareness of, and prevent violence against women and girls.
Violence against women takes many forms, from harassment to intimate partner violence, to sexual violence being used as a weapon of war.
Women for Women International was established in 1993 to help survivors of sexual violence during the 1992 - 1995 conflict in Bosnia and Herzegovina, in the belief that stronger women build stronger nations. We continue to work with the most socially excluded women in countries affected by conflict across the world.
Most of the women we work with are affected by violence against women, including sexual violence. It is an obstacle in allowing them to live dignified lives, free from fear.
In addition to sexual violence being used as a weapon of war, at times of crisis, women are more likely to face domestic violence. But it is not a reality they are accepting. They dare to stand up and say, "No more! #NoExcuses!"
What You Can Do to Mark 16 Days of Activism?
STIGMA STOPS WOMEN FROM SPEAKING ABOUT THEIR EXPERIENCES OF VIOLENCE
Fear and shame stop people from reporting or discussing their experiences of violence, but we must break the silence in order to end it. Each and every one of us has the power to raise our voices against dangerous norms and behaviors.
Your voice, your actions, have the power to help make a change.
#SheDares, will you?
Here are some ways you can take action now: