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BRIEF November 30, 2021

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 25 November to 10 December 2021 that is used as an organizing strategy by individuals and organizations around the world 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, which is expected to increase during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Countries around the world are working to contain the spread and impact of COVID-19 (coronavirus). A growing body of evidence indicates that gender gaps and gender-based violence has increased during the pandemic and that gains in women’s and girls’ accumulation of human capital, economic empowerment and voice and agency, built over the past decades, could be reversed. 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.

Below is a content round-up from around the World Bank Group.


BlogTackling gender-based violence, once and for all

BlogBringing Women and Girls at the Center of Road Design

BlogDoes providing job opportunities to women decrease the violence they face from their partners? Evidence from the Rwandan Coffee Mills: Guest Post by Deniz Sanin

BlogThe Silent Epidemic | FRENCH

StoryComing Together to Help African Girls Create a Brighter Future | FRENCH

East Asia & the Pacific

StoryLeading the Way in Malaysia: Sumitra Visvanathan


Europe & Central Asia
Taking the long way home: Women and transport in Serbia

Latin America & Caribbean 
EventVirtual Vendor Forum for Women-Owned Businesses in Latin America and Caribbean | Dec. 1

Event: Innovative Practices for preventing Gender-Based Violence among adolescents | Dec. 1

BlogHidden in the dark: why we must invest in monitoring public programs to reduce gender-based violence

Middle East & North Africa
How gender norms influence school enrollment and domestic work for Syrian refugee adolescents in Jordan

BlogTreating a silent cancer: How to tackle gender-based violence in MENA

South Asia
Strengthening Human Capital in South Asia by Preventing Child Marriage | Dec. 8

BlogIn South Asia’s poorest countries, empowering women is essential to reducing poverty

BlogIn Nepal, a helpline serves as a lifeline for survivors during COVID-19 lockdown 

BlogThe Silenced Women: What works in encouraging women to report cases of gender-based violence?

BlogUsing the law to protect women from violence: Does it work?