The 16 Days Campaign against Violence on Women: Putting an End to State Violence

AMARC 16 days

 Montreal, December 12th, 2011. From November 25th to December 10th 2011, the Women’s International Network of the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC-WIN) actively participated in the 16 days of activism against gender violence with an Internet broadcasted campaign to denounce all kinds of gender violence comprising radio shows from around the world. The audio documents and a lot of resources are available on www.amarc.org/16days

The 2011 international theme of the campaign was « Putting an End to State Violence ». The campaign denounced the impunity of gender violence committed by state agents by covering three dimensions: (a) sexual violence in and after conflict; (b) sexual and gender-based violence committed by state agents, particularly the police or military; and (c) political violence against women. Nonetheless, other themes in relation with violence against women were also covered by the campaign.

The 16 days campaign started on November 25th with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women; it continued on November 29th with the International Women’s Human Rights Defenders Day; followed by December 1st: World AIDS Day; December 6th: Commemoration day of the Montreal (Canada) Massacre in 1989 and ended on December 10th for the International Human Rights Day. During all the campaign AMARC Women’s International Network of community radios broadcasted radio features and activities on Internet.

Community radio producers from Asia-Pacific, Middle East, Africa, Europe, North America and Latin America and the Caribbean dedicated these 16 days campaign to highlight the effort of women and men working to put an end to gender violence. The programs featured will include documentaries, interviews, debates and much more. This multilingual broadcast campaign mobilized community radios and encouraged them to use new communication technologies such as the Internet to extend the reach of their voices. You can listen to programs at the following link: http://www.amarc.org/index.php?p=16_Days_Against_Violence_on_Women_2011_audios

Through service to members, networking and project implementation, the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters AMARC, brings together a network of more than 4,000 community radios, Federations and community media stakeholders in more than 130 countries. The main global impact of AMARC since its creation in 1983, has been to accompany and support the establishment of a worldwide community radio sector that has democratized the media sector. AMARC advocates for the right to communicate at the international, national, local and neighbourhood levels and defends and promotes the interests of the community radio movement through solidarity, networking and Cooperation.