“Action is the antidote to despair.” — Joan Baez
So often, stories of sexual violence leave one with a debilitating sense of hopelessness and despair at the extent of the problem and the wide-ranging and enduring effects on survivors and their communities.
For this year’s 16 Days Campaign, PHR is pleased to relay the hope, strength, and power that we’ve witnessed while traveling in Kenya and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where mass rape in conflict situations has been so extreme.
PHR joins our partner organizations and colleagues in celebrating the significant new strides being made in addressing sexual violence in meaningful and sustainable ways for survivors and for their communities. We acknowledge our partners — health, legal and law enforcement professionals — in Kenya and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Their action is indeed the antidote to despair. They deserve recognition for the concrete actions they are taking to address sexual violence, actions which are celebrated in the series of photos that follow:
The 16 Days Campaign — formally the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign — symbolically links November 25 (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) with December 10 (Human Rights Day). First conceived at the 1991 Women’s Global Leadership Institute (WGLI) as an opportunity to strategize and advocate for more unified efforts to address gender violence, the 16 Days Campaign has evolved, gathered strength, and in many ways, has now become a celebration of action. For more information, please visit 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign.
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