16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence

25 November, 2019


The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an international campaign that takes place each year. It commences on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs until 10 December, Human Rights Day. 

The extent of violence against women and girls across the world is alarming and is increasingly recognised not only as a grave human rights violation, but also as a public health problem that affects the lives and physical and mental health of millions of women and girls globally. Rooted in gender inequality, violence against women and girls constitutes a major barrier to their sexual and reproductive health and rights.

In recent years, the voices of survivors and activists, through campaigns such as #MeToo, #TimesUp, #Niunamenos, #NotOneMore, #Nopiwouma, #BalanceTonPorc, and others, have put the spotlight on the issue of sexual violence and have reached a crescendo that can not be silenced. While the names, times and contexts may differ, women and girls continue to experience rape, sexual violence, and abuse, in times of peace or war.

The papers contained in the SRHM journal shed light on some of the many circumstances and forms of gender-based violence that impact negatively on people’s sexual and reproductive health and their rights, with papers highlighting how the risk of such violence is heightened in conflict and during migration.


Here is a list of relevant SRHM papers in honour of to this year’s 16 days of activism against gender-based violence:

Headline violence and silenced pleasure: contested framings of consensual sex, power and rape in Delhi, India 2011-2014
Emme Edmunds & Ankit Gupta

Conscientious objection, barriers, and abortion in the case of rape: a study among physicians in Brazil
Debora Diniz, Alberto Madeiro & Cristião Rosas

Mortality in Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh: historical, social, and political context
Parveen K Parmar, Rowen O Jin, Meredith Walsh & Jennifer Scott

A qualitative study to explore the barriers and enablers for young people with disabilities to access sexual and reproductive health services in Senegal
Eva Burke, Fatou Kébé, Ilse Flink, et al.

An exploration of gender-based violence in eastern Myanmar in the context of political transition: findings from a qualitative sexual and reproductive health assessment
Mihoko Tanabe, Alison Greer, Jennifer Leigh, et al.

Gender-based violence and HIV across the life course: adopting a sexual rights framework to include older women
Bergen Cooper & Cailin Crockett

Gendered norms, sexual exploitation and adolescent pregnancy in rural Tanzania
Jennifer McCleary-Sills, Zayid Douglas, Annagrace Rwehumbiza, et al.

Programme potential for the prevention of and response to sexual violence among female refugees: a literature review
Gianna Maxi Leila Robbers & Alison Morgan

What the eye does not see: a critical interpretive synthesis of European Union policies addressing sexual violence in vulnerable migrants
Ines Keygnaert & Aurore Guieu

An assessment of health sector guidelines and services for treatment of sexual violence in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua
H Luz McNaughton Reyes, Deborah L Billings, Yolanda Paredes-Gaitan & Karen Padilla Zuniga

Clinical outreach refresher trainings in crisis settings (S-CORT): clinical management of sexual violence survivors and manual vacuum aspiration in Burkina Faso, Nepal, and South Sudan
Nguyen Toan Tran, Kristen Harker, Wambi Maurice E. Yameogo, et al.

Should violence services be integrated within abortion care? A UK situation analysis
Loveday Penn Kekana, Megan Hall, Silvia Motta & Susan Bewley

The effects of conflict and displacement on violence against adolescent girls in South Sudan: the case of adolescent girls in the Protection of Civilian sites in Juba
Maureen Murphy, Jeffrey B. Bingenheimer, Junior Ovince, et al.

Understanding women’s experience of violence and the political economy of gender in conflict: the case of Syria
Khuloud Alsaba & Anuj Kapilashrami

Sexualised violence against children: a review of laws and policies in Kenya
Cynthia Khamala Wangamati, Gladys Yegon, Johanne Sundby & Ruth Jane Prince

Sexual rights but not the right to health? Lesbian and bisexual women in South Africa’s National Strategic Plans on HIV and STIs
Felicity Daly, Neil Spicer & Samantha Willan