16 Days Campaign

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Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL), Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), the Global Justice Center (GJC), and the International Civil Society Action Network’s (ICAN) Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP) are supporting an open letter to the co-chairs of the Open Working Group (OWG) on SDGs and participating UN Member States urging them to continue to strengthen the link between the sustainable development processes and the conflict prevention and peace-building agenda from a gender perspective.

Militarism, gender-based violence, and economic and social rights (and the lack thereof) strongly affect the lived realities of women around the world. These issues must be part of the discussion as the international community moves toward defining sustainable development processes, it is important to note that no progress can be made without addressing women's human rights and gender equality in all future development goals, targets, and indicators. Strengthening the link between the development agenda and the conflict prevention and peacebuilding agenda supports a better future for women throughout the world. Click here for the letter!

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During the 16 Days Campaign, on 27 November 2013, the United Nations General Assembly’s Third Committee adopted a resolution on women human rights defenders (WHRDs). This resolution is the first of its kind at the United Nations and is a recognition of the tireless and dangerous work WHRDs take on as they advocate for their human rights and that of their communities. Despite the progress this resolution embodies for the protection and promotion of WHRDs and their work, there is important language on State condemnation of all forms of violence against women and WHRDs, and refraining from using customs, traditions, and religions as an excuse to avoid the obligation of the State toward protecting women and women human rights defenders. This missing language is due in large part to the opposition from numerous conservative goverments and the Holy See against the resolution in general and certain language in particular. To read the available draft version of the resolution, see HERE.

16 Books for 16 Days Exhibit

November 25- December 10

Mabel Smith Douglass Library, Douglass Campus

Books range from memoirs to novels to collections of essays and poetry, offering different perspectives on gender focused violence. Please stop by, have a look at the exhibit, and feel free to browse or check out any books. Mabel Smith Douglass Library & Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assis- tance (Contact: kdenda@rutgers.edu)


Engagement Outside the Campus: How is Activism and Civic Engagement Feminist?

Monday, November 25, 7:00 - 9:00 PM

Women's Center 3rd Floor, Douglass Student Center (tentative)

This event will be a discussion about resources Rutgers students have availa- ble to them and how they can be involved in activism. Olga Kozlova will discuss the work of the 16 Days Campaign, Women Aware, and the Domes- tic Violence Coalition in New Brunswick, as well as service learning initia- tives at Rutgers through a feminist lens. (Contact okozlo- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. tgers.edu to confirm time/place)


Magnetizing Peace

This event will bring together Rutgers students to decorate sheet magnets with slogans, images, poems, prose, and quotes to raise awareness about violence against women and children. There will be tabling, with materials, at the following events:

·   Monday, December 2, 1:00 PM: Busch Campus International Lounge (OSCA Cookie Decorating Party)

·   Tuesday, December 3, 7:30 PM: Douglass Lounge, Douglass Campus Center (TED talks with the STEM Ambassadors)

·   Thursday, December 5, 8:00 PM: Trayes B, Douglass Campus Center (Java and Justice Coffeehouse)

Center on Violence against Women & Children (Contact:

jvikse@ssw.rutgers.edu and iopara@ssw.rutgers.edu)


Trans* Missions will be hosting two events on transgender related violence:

·   Unwrapping Violence: A Gift to the Trans* Community

Monday, December 2, 6:00 - 10:00 PM, Cook Campus Center

Student panelists will be presenting their experiences with transgender- related violence, as well as a tree adorned with anti-violence initiatives in an effort to bring peace to the trans* community this holiday season.

·   Voices, not Violence: The Trans* Community at Its Finest

Tuesday, December 3, 6:00 - 10:00 PM, Cook Campus Center

Come join your fellow students as they showcase their experiences with transgender-related violence and suicide through poetry, song, dance, and spoken word. All are invited to perform and present. There will also be a photo campaign throughout the 16 Days.

Trans* Missions (Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. m)


Bullets and Books: How Militarism and Gender Based Vio- lence Affects Girl’s Education

Wednesday, December 4, 9:00 PM

Women’s Center 3rd Floor, Douglass Student Center

The rate of enrollment for girls in secondary school is only 33 percent. Yet,

these countries have emphasized funding their military services over their educational systems. Weigh in on the discussion.

She’s the First {Rutgers} (Contact: stfrutgers@gmail.com)


What is Gender Violence? December 4, 11:00 - 3:00 PM Douglass Student Center (1st Floor)

A tabling event asking the question "What is Gender Violence?" will engage with stu- dents, encouraging them to write their answers on white eraser board, and have their pictures taken and featured on DFUNFPA Facebook page. There will be pam- phlets and giveaways.

Douglass Friends of UNFPA (Contact: drcfriendsunfpa@gmail.com)


‘Java and Justice’ Coffeehouse

December 5, 8:00 - 10:30 PM

Douglass Campus Center (Trayes Hall B)

Laurie Chair Dazon Dixon Diallo, founder of SisterLove, Inc., speaks about women’s leadership and empowerment and wellness as a human right. Learn about human rights issues affecting communities on the local and global level, find out what you can do, and share your talents during an open mic night to commemorate the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence.

Institute for Women’s Leadership, Associate Campus Dean for Douglass; Douglass Residen- tial College; Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs (Contact: ariana- da@echo.rutgers.edu)


Women Aware

December 6, 2:00 - 4:00 PM

Douglass Campus Center (Meeting Room E)

A representative from Women Aware will conduct an hour long PowerPoint presentation, providing statistics, warning signs, safety strategies and resources, with the intent to educate and raise awareness on dating violence or domestic violence. There will be a discussion following this on what we can do to prevent domestic violence and our final thoughts about the 16 Days Campaign. Pizza and refreshments will be provided.

Douglass Friends of UNFPA (Contact: drcfriendsunfpa@gmail.com)


Confined to Conform: The Use of Solitary Confinement on Vulner- able and Non-Conforming Prison Populations

December 7th, 2:00 - 4:00 PM

Second Reformed Church, upstairs gym, 100 College Avenue, New Brunswick

Panel discussion and Q&A with scholars and survivors of solitary confinement as a tool of social control for women, children, and LGBTQ persons. Learn about ways to get involved. Light refreshments served. All are welcome!

The National Religious Campaign Against Torture (Contact: amos.caley@rutgers.edu)


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