The 16 Days Campaign is 16 days of global activism against gender based violence. It commences on the 25th November, International Day Against Violence Against Women and ends on 10th December, which is World Human Rights Day. The dates are chosen for its significance and to emphasize that gender based violence is a violation of human rights.
This year, we focus on victims of human trafficking. Human trafficking is a form of gender-based violence and an extreme violation of women’s rights.
Women are disproportionately affected by human trafficking. 5 out of 10 victims detected globally are women, and 2 of these are girls. [Source : UNODC Global Report on Trafficking 2022]
There is a divide, especially in countries with a greater gender gap in terms of access to education & health, economic status, race, countries in crises and war; increasing the vulnerability of women and girls to trafficking.
The patriarchal society that is still prevalent in many parts of the world.
The broader culture of male entitlement, the objectivization of women, the social norms surrounding women’s general subservience all contribute to the vulnerabilities of women and girls in human trafficking.
In recent years, the world has been besieged by the Covid-19 pandemic, civil unrest, climate change, change of migration policies. Economic disruption, breakdown of social support systems and essential services, displacement, increased poverty and intensified violence – have all added to the risks faced by women and has greatly exacerbated their vulnerability to human trafficking.
These are the women in our care – trafficked survivors, the migrant community, undocumented persons, refugees.
Click on the links below to find out how we celebrated with each target group