16 Days of Activism to Eliminate Violence Against Women

26 November 2012
16 Days of Activism is a public awareness campaign where UN agencies, other international organizations, government, and NGOs come together to End Violence against Women starting on 25th November on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

“The impact of violence, and especially rape and other forms of sexual violence are often devastating both physically and emotionally. Consequences may include injuries, unintended pregnancies, and HIV/AIDS. Damage to mental health may lead to anxiety, post-traumatic stress, depression, and suicide. Social consequences include stigmatization and ostracizing by families and communities.” states Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin in his Message for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

He also highlights UNFPA mandate and solid frameworks to support work on the violence elimination by reaching vulnerable and affected women and girls in communities and promoting policies and laws that address all forms of violence against women and girls, including the involvement of men and boys.

UNFPA Kosovo with its partners has prepared following activities to eliminate violence against women:





Theatre-based performance  “My Safe House?” 26th November, 12:00 Gjilan,  City Theatre
Information sessions for high school students focused on gender based violence and dating violence 30th November, 14:00;


3rd December, 13:00

Gjakova , High School of Economics and Gymnasium
Round table of municipal representatives and NGO’s  focused on Law on Domestic Violence, coordination and referral mechanism 10th December, 11:00 Qarshija e Jupave
Training sessions in elementary and high schools 26th November, 09:00 and 12:00;


27th November, 10:00;

3rd December, 10:00






Information sessions for women form Albanian and Gorani communities 27th November, 13:00;


4th December, 13:00




Round table with directors of schools on the topic of school violence 6th December,  11:00 Dragash, Restaurant Shpella
Information session with rural women focused on Law on Domestic Violence, and coordination and referral mechanism 7th December,  11:00 Dobercan, Gjilan
Roundtable on GBV to be broadcasted by the local TV 4th December,  11:00 Gjilan, Restaurant “Bojana”
Information sessions for Roma, Ashkali and Egyptians community targeting  youth 27-29th November


5-7th December



Fushe Kosova, “Balkan Sunflowers” Learning Center

UN Women, in coordination with members of the Security and Gender Group, have launched their online 16 Days of Activism Campaign to End Violence Against Women.  Visit the website at and, where new information will be posted over the next 16 days.  Also, the Facebook page 16 days-No Violence, will be used as a forum for discussion related to the topic. Visit us throughout the campaign and afterwards for useful information, statistics and personal stories related to gender based violence in Kosovo and beyond!