16 Days of Activism Arts Competition 2021!
Marked annually from 25 November to 10 December, the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is a campaign that serves as a time to raise awareness of and increase momentum towards ending violence against women and girls worldwide.
Each year The Arab Institute for Women (AiW) at the Lebanese American University (LAU), in partnership with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), marks the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence with a social media campaign and regional youth arts competition centered around a chosen theme, which ultimately culminates on 10 December with an awards ceremony and a panel/information session. This year, we have chosen to address the increase in online ICT related and facilitated violence against women and girls.
The competition is open to all youth in the Arab region under the age of 30 and will run from 25 October to 27 November 2021. To allow people to express themselves and to raise their voices in their own way, the contest is open to all art forms. This includes painting, video, photography, poetry, music or and form of art the participants feel addresses this year’s theme.
To participate in the arts competition, please fill this application.
About the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence
The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence (25 November to 10 December) is an annual campaign that serves as a time to raise awareness and increase momentum towards ending violence against women and girls worldwide.
Initiated in 1991, the campaign aimed to draw attention to violence against women as a human rights violation at a time when such violence was considered a private matter. Since this time, the campaign has gained international attention and observance, with several commemorative events occurring globally. The dates of the campaign are significant; 25 November is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, while 10 December is International Human Rights Days and the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
In the framework of the annual campaign, United Nations partners are encouraged to host events with local, national, regional and global women’s movements, survivor advocates and women rights’ defenders, and create opportunities for dialogue between activists, policymakers and the public at large. The orange color is a key theme unifying all activities, with buildings and landmarks lit and decorated in orange to bring global attention to the initiative.
About the partnership between ESCWA and LAU
The AiW and ESCWA have a sustained and active collaboration in research, conferences and campaigns, including the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence