16 Days of Activism

InGender is working in partnership with WIIS-Canada, and several other organizations to develop a video series for the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence: a global campaign born out of Rutgers University 25 years ago.

Through this series you’ll be inspired by individuals working in many different countries – such as Sierra Leone, Afghanistan, Canada, and Zimbabwe – combatting issues such as HIV/AIDS, illiteracy, forced marriages, and food insecurity.

Day One: Still I Rise

Today marks the beginning of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence across the world. At InGender, we commemorate this day acknowledging all of the women who have suffered from violence; yet still rise, live, and thrive.

Maya Angelou’s poem, “Still I Rise” written in 1978 has served as a call for women to find strength within themselves to overcome oppression, violence, and intolerance. We will rise.

Day Five: Women’s Empowerment Through Entrepreneurship

Promoting women’s economic empowerment has long been the focus of international organizations, such as the United Nations, and local organizations across the world. Sana Afouaiz, Founder and CEO of Womenpreneur Initiative is not only adding to this global effort, but using innovation, technology and leadership to spearhead a new mentorship program that benefits female entrepreneurs in the Middle East and North Africa.

For Day Five of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence occurring across the world today, we virtually sat-down with Sana to discuss her initiative, and why she thinks economic empowerment is key to combatting GBV.

You can find more information about her new mentorship program here. 

Day Seven: Sindy Zemura-Woodward on World AIDS Day

The battle against HIV/AIDS began over 40 years ago and it remains a global, vigilant fight today. Since the first World AIDS Day in 1988, an estimated 35 million people have died from HIV/AIDS and it still affects millions of lives today. We must not forget its existence.

That’s why activists like Sindy Zemura-Woodward, a Zimbabwean and Canadian national, work tirelessly to fight the disease through education and healthcare reform. Sindy’s organization – Southern Africa Embrace Foundation – is just one of thousands of grassroots organizations collaborating with local communities to battle one of the worst illnesses of our time.

Where there is progress, there is hope.

For more information visit sae-foundation.org.

Day Fourteen: Catherine Harrington on Statelessness and Gender Equality

An estimated 10 million people worldwide are stateless. What drives this issue? Catherine Harrington, the Campaign Manager for the Campaign for Equal Nationality Rights with the Women Refugee Commission believes that in fact, gender inequality is partly to blame.

There are over 60 countries that hold discriminatory nationality laws that specifically prohibit women from conferring their nationality to their children. According to the Campaign, this results in “serious human rights violations and suffering for individuals and their families,” including statelessness.

To get involved visit http://equalnationalityrights.org.

Educate yourself and then take action. 

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