Raising Awareness To Fight Violence Against Women

Raising Awareness To Fight Violence Against Women

In this section we want to collect a list of campaigns and projects aiming at combatting different forms of gender-based violenceIt is work-in-progress and will be gradually enriched with new material. We would like it to be a space open to your contributions and your input in order to share information and to raise awareness.

Here is a list of the most recent and viral campaigns:

  • UNiTE to End Violence against Women: the United Nations Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign is working to mobilize individuals and communities. In addition to supporting the longstanding efforts of women’s and civil society organizations, the campaign is actively engaging with men, young people, celebrities, artists, sports personalities, private sector and many more.


Orange Day Campaign: The UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign has proclaimed 25th of every month as “Orange Day” – a day to take action to raise awareness and prevent violence against women and girls. Activists from around the world, governments and UN partners have organized Orange Day actions calling for safety from violence at homes, schools, work places and public spaces.

#orangeurworld:  16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence is an international campaign that began in 1991 (see below). From 25 November to 10 December, he UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women is expanding Orange Day Campaign and invites you to Orange the World in 16 Days.

  • 16 Days of Activism Against Gender 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. Participants chose the dates, November 25, International Day Against Violence Against Women and December 10, International Human Rights Day, in order to symbolically link violence against women and human rights and to emphasize that such violence is a violation of human rights. This 16-day period also highlights other significant dates including December 1, which is World AIDS Day, and December 6, which marks the Anniversary of the Montreal Massacre.


  • One Billion Rising : On 14 February 2013, one billion people in 207 countries rose and danced to demand an end to violence against women and girls. ONE BILLION RISING FOR JUSTICE is a global call for an end to violence, and for justice and gender equality.


  • Project Unbreakable : The mission of Project Unbreakable is to increase awareness of the issues surrounding sexual assault and encourage the act of healing through art. Since the project’s conception in October 2011 by the then nineteen year old Grace Brown, it has featured over two thousand images of sexual assault survivors holding posters with quotes from their attackers.


  • “It’s always your fault”: A group of stand-up comedians known as AIB (All India Bakchod) has come up with a satirical video in the wake of recent sexual assault cases in India, which became viral.


  • Consent is Sexy : a Sexual Rights Awareness campaign, targeting students in High Schools, Colleges and Universities.



  • Posto Occupato (Occupied Place): is an idea dedicated to women victims of gender violence: in a cinema, a theater, a train, on the subway or at school, the aim is to occupy a place, with a newspaper, a bag, a bunch of keys, a hat, for those women victims of male violence.

  • Ferite a morte (Wounded to Death): Serena Dandini, Italian writer, journalist and host of several successful television programmes, with the collaboration of Maura Misti, a researcher at CNR, has written a theatrical piece aimed at make aware, through the language of drama,  of gender based violence.  Wonded to Death has been performed in Italy and abroad.




Carla Fronteddu
Gender specialist


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