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BRIEF November 17, 2022

Addressing Gender-Based Violence: 16 Days of Activism

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The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign from November 25 to December 10, 2022. During this time, individuals and organizations around the world coalesce to call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls.

Gender-based violence affects more than 1 in 3 women over the course of a lifetime. Violence against women and girls has a significant toll on not just their wellbeing, but also on their families across generations and societies more broadly. In some countries, violence against women is estimated to cost countries up to 3.7% of their GDP. During the COVID-19 pandemic rates of violence against women increased, making sustained action to address drivers and consequences of violence a dire need.

Countries around the world are still working to contain the impact of COVID-19. The pandemic eroded gains in women’s and girls’ accumulation of human capital, economic empowerment and voice and agency, built over the past decades. This situation has been compounded by the global food crisis and economic downturn during the last year.  Therefore, the World Bank Group is stepping up its support to countries in addressing the immediate health crisis and its corresponding social and economic impacts.

View the recording of, “Policy makers working with communities to end gender-based violence - conversations with changemakers.”

See below: a content round-up from around the World Bank Group.


Blog: Achieving gender and youth inclusivity in Malawi through Productive Alliances

Blog: Making Sure Your Evidence “Walks the Talk”: The Path Towards Gender Equality in Tanzania

Blog: Three Priorities to Make Schools Safe for Girls to Combat Gender-Based Violence

Op-Ed: Three Priorities to Make Schools Safe for Girls to Combat Gender-Based Violence

Blog: Climate change and gender-based violence -- interlinked crises in East Africa


East Asia & the Pacific

Blog: Reducing non-partner gender-based violence with conditional cash transfers in the Philippines

Europe & Central Asia

Video: Promoting Gender Equality in Roads Projects in Kazakhstan

Blog: Tackling violence against women is essential for economic growth in Central Asia

Blog: Why combating gender-based violence matters to all of us

Blog: Reducing the prevalence of gender-based violence in Europe and Central Asia requires changing the norms that support it

Latin America & Caribbean 

Blog: La cara del feminicidio en Paraguay

Blog: Moving from theory to practice to prevent and respond to gender-based violence

Event (Dec 6): How Governments can Address Gender-Based Violence in Latin America and the Caribbean?

Middle East & North Africa

South Asia

Event (Nov 30): Towards Safer Migration: Countering Human Trafficking in an Integrated South Asia

Event (Dec 7): From Safety to Empowerment: Pathways for Improved Mobility for Women in South Asia

Blog: Bangladesh: The need to expand the road safety discourse to stop sexual harassment

Blog: Approaches that Work to Strengthen Services for Survivors of violence in Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka 

Blog: South Asia VP Martin Raiser on “Standing Up to Fight Gender-Based Violence in South Asia”