16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence
From 25 November to 10 December, PAHO joins governments, civil society, the UN system, and other partners in marking the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence.
This year, the theme of the 16 Days is “Orange the world: End violence against women now!”, drawing attention to the urgency for action.
We know that violence is devastatingly pervasive in the Region, with enormous consequences for women’s and girls’ health and wellbeing.
Evidence suggests 1 in 3 women and girls have experienced physical and/or sexual violence in their lifetime, mostly by an intimate partner. And this was before the pandemic. In the context of COVID-19, risks of domestic violence, especially against women and girls, have increased while access to needed support has decreased, including services provided by the health sector.