Speaking Out Against Gender-Based Violence in November

Trigger warning: Rape, Sexual & Domestic Violence

Purple_ribbonFor the upcoming month of November, the Center for Community Action and Research on the NYC campus is focusing on issues of gender-based violence.

What is Gender-Based Violence?
“The terms ‘violence against women’ and ‘gender-based violence’ are used to refer to the range of abuses committed against women and men that stem from gender inequality, beliefs about traditional gender roles, and women’s subordinate status in society relative to men.” (UN Women)

According to a 2013 global review of available data, 35% of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence, and an estimated 50% of all women who were killed in 2012 had been murdered by a family member or intimate partner.

However shocking, these statistics reflect the lives of women around the world and affect both women and men every day. In order to make a change, one must first be informed. This month, the CCARNY office is here to help you do both, through a series of news articles, statistics, individual volunteer opportunities, and social media campaigns.

Follow us on our Facebook, Twitter, and here on our blog to stay informed and up-to-date on this month’s education and advocacy campaign.

Themed Weeks

Nov. 2-8 | Domestic Violence
With topics including sexual abuse, emotional abuse, technological abuse, abuse by immigration status, psychological abuse, and financial abuse.

Nov. 9-15 | Sexual Harassment
This week, we will be discussing cat-calling, workplace harassment, harassment that occurs online, and more.

Nov. 16-22 | Sexual Violence / Rape
Learn and join the discussion about what “consent” actually is, sex as a weapon, and the different forms of rape.

Nov. 23-29 | Trafficking of Women and Girls
This is your chance to stay informed, and listen to facts and stories about women and children around the world who don’t have a voice.

Nov. 30 – Dec. 5 | Gender Violence and Minorities
Learn about hate crimes, and the roles of men as perpetrators and victims in gender-based violence.

Social Media Campaigns

3, 10, 17, 24 | Make a Difference Monday – Anywhere – Anytime
Pledge to do one small action each Monday this month to help stop the violence. Follow us for some ideas and suggestions every week!

6, 13, 20, 27 | Take Action Thursdays – Anywhere – Anytime
Each Thursday of this month, check out our Facebook page for a petition or other way to Take Action on gender-based violence. All it takes is a few minutes to make a tremendous impact on policies that affect the lives of thousands of New Yorkers every day.

7, 14, 21, 28 | Fact Fridays – Facebook & Twitter – All Day
Follow the CCAR on Facebook and Twitter for statistics, stories, and facts about world-wide abuse and those who have overcome it every Friday of November. Share and retweet them to help us spread the word! Don’t forget to use the hashtags #16days and #EndGBV to join in on the larger conversation.

16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence Campaign

16_days_logo_english1Nov. 25 – Dec. 10
16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is an international campaign originating from the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute coordinated by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership in 1991. This campaign focuses on raising awareness about gender-based violence as a human rights issue at the local, national, regional and international levels. Follow the hashtag #16days to see what participants in the campaign are doing, as well as how you can get involved with initiatives through our office.