In observance of the 16 days of activism that occur between the 25th November - International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and 10th December, Human Rights Day - the ECLAC Library partners with the Division of Gender Affairs to highlight books on themes related to women and girls in the popular Libro de la Semana series. This year, the 16 days of activism campaign is entitled “Orange the world: End violence against women now!” and calls for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls by sharing knowledge and innovations that advocate for gender equality.
Over the next few weeks, the ECLAC Library will be featuring videos of ECLAC staff speaking to the power of books on its youtube channel and sharing information on its Twitter feed on gender resources and the power of information in effecting change.
The 16 days of activism was launched at the first Women's Global Leadership Institute in 1991. This year, 2021, marks the 30th anniversary of the campaign. Over 6000 organizations in more than 187 countries have participated in the Campaign. Under UN Secretary-General António Guterres, the UNiTE by 2030 to End Violence against Women campaign launched in 2008, is aimed at preventing and eliminating violence against women and girls (VAWG) around the world by calling for global action to increase awareness, galvanize advocacy and create opportunities for discussion about challenges and solutions. The colour orange is used as a unifying theme to represent a brighter future, free from violence against women and girls.
This first video, by Ana Güezmes, the Director of the Division on Gender Affairs at ECLAC kicks off one of the complementary activities of the 16 days of activism at ECLAC and can be found on the ECLAC Library YouTube channel at this link: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL_-kCva8clKrezLMo6xfx6iXAgJoPdYC-.