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Gender-Based Violence is a Pandemic — #ItsNotOK

Sexual harassment. Intimate partner violence. Child marriage. 

1 in 3 women face some form of sexual or physical violence. That number hasn’t changed in over a decade. It’s a crisis sparking protests on college campuses and the streets of Paris, Kabul and London. 

Press Release: Women for Women International launches global awareness campaign on gender based violence


On November 25, the International Day to End Violence against Women, Women for Women International kicks off a global 16 Days of Activism campaign to stand up and speak out against gender-based violence. We stand to say #ItsNotOK. 

We want survivors to know they are not alone. So, we’re asking everyone to join us in a digital campaign to say #ItsNotOK to normalize violence against women. Our friends and advocates will add their voices too.  

#ItsNotOk to be a bystander if you see a woman being harassed  

#ItsNotOk to feel unsafe walking home at night

#ItsNotOK to force young girls into marriage

Learn more at #ItsNotOK Campaign  and download our Social Media Toolkit  

Laurie Adams #ItsNotOK

“1 in 3 women has been subjected to physical or sexual violence. It’s time to change that. We cannot just accept this pandemic of gender-based violence. Women for Women International supports survivors of violence from Afghanistan to Nigeria but we know that gender-based violence happens across all countries. It is systemic and it’s not ok.” Laurie Adams, CEO, Women for Women International 

Women for Women International invests where inequality is greatest by helping women who are forgotten — the women survivors of war and conflict.  

In Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iraq, Kosovo, Nigeria, Rwanda, and South Sudan, women learn skills to rebuild their families and communities through Women for Women International’s Stronger Women Stronger Nations Program. They form support networks, learn to earn an income and save, and gain knowledge and resources about health and their rights. Since 1993, the organization has invested in the power of over 500,000 women to use their voices and create a ripple effect that makes the world more equal, peaceful, and prosperous. To learn more about the power of women, for women, visit www.womenforwomen.org 

#16Days of Activism is a worldwide annual UN campaign against gender-based Violence, that runs from 25 November, International Day to End Violence against Women until 10 December, World Human Rights Day. 

Azita Ghanizada is an Afghan-American actress and activist and a U.S. Ambassador for Women for Women International.