Published on 28/11/2023

16 days of activism against gender-based violence

Violence against women and girls remains the most pervasive human rights violation in the world. According to the WHO, more than a quarter of women aged 15 to 49 who have been in a relationship have experienced physical or sexual violence by their partner at least once in their lives (from the age of 15). Estimates of the incidence of lifelong intimate partner violence range from 33 per cent in the WHO African Region.

In Senegal, 27% of women aged 15-49 have experienced physical violence since the age of 15. In 55 per cent of cases, the husband or partner is the perpetrator. The same source also specifies that GBV remains the least visible. 68% of women aged 15-49 who are victims of violence have never talked about it with anyone or sought help.

This gender-based violence is accentuated by the dominant behaviour of men, harmful cultural practices (female genital mutilation, child marriage, early pregnancy, etc.). Its prevalence is further increased by women's low economic power, poverty and illiteracy.

This violence against women and girls causes serious short- and long-term physical, sexual and mental health problems and increases their vulnerability to diseases such as HIV. It generates high economic costs and has serious consequences for society.

ALL UNiS! Invest to prevent violence against women and girls!

"16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence" is an annual campaign that begins on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs until International Human Rights Day on 10 December.

It is led by civil society, the UNiTE to End Violence against Women by 2030 campaign and supported by the United Nations. It provides actors in the fight with a mobilization strategy calling for the prevention and elimination of GBV.

This year's theme is: "UNiTE! Invest to prevent violence against women and girls! ». A plea that calls on governments, civil society organizations, women's movements and men to mobilize and act to put an end to this violence against women and girls.

ENDA Santé's action against GBV

Violence against women is preventable. Civil society organizations have an important role to play in this regard and can take action to help and support victims of GBV. ENDA Santé, whose main mission is to accompany and support vulnerable people, has set up a Regional Centre for the Management of Gender-Based Violence. Actions include identifying, welcoming, preventing, raising awareness and providing integrated health care to women experiencing violence and referring them to other support services they may need.

In addition to this regional GBV care center based in the south of the country (Ziguinchor), projects and programs such as SANSAS, FEVE IMPULSE and WER WERLE also carry out interventions. ENDA Santé, in collaboration with partners :

  • Strengthens the capacity of women and girls to know their health rights;
  • Improves access to healthcare through its mobile strategy;
  • Works to empower women financially through the implementation of income-generating activities.

During the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign, beyond routine actions, ENDA Santé, in partnership with the actors of the struggle, mobilized through mass social activities, talks with community actors (Bajenu Gox girls' clubs, traditional leaders, religious leaders), radio programs, days of integrated care services. An opportunity to increase awareness, advocacy with decision-makers, the community but also to share our experience in the fight against GBV with the different actors involved in the response to GBV.

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