'16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM’AND CEQUIN’S 'KICK-START EQUALITY' CAMPAIGN
The ‘16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence’ is an international campaign originating from the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute sponsored by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership in 1991. The thought process and strategy behind picking these specific dates- 25 November, which is the International Day Against Violence Against Women and 10 December, which is International Human Rights Day- was to highlight and re-emphasise the link between violence against women and girls (VAWG) and human rights and equate such gender-based violence to a direct violation of human rights.
Other significant dates fall within this 16 day period, including 29 November-International Women Human Rights Defenders Day, 1 December - World AIDS Day, and 6 December- Anniversary of the Montreal Massacre. In effect, organisations and individuals across the world have been using these ’16 days of Activism’ as a call to arms to organise, strategise and take a united stand against VAWG.
CEQUIN, in its bid to do its part in the fight to end VAWG and to mark the '16 days of Activism’ organized a 'flashmob' on Women Human Rights Defender’s Day- 29 November 2015, as a part of the ‘Kickstart Equality’ campaign, comprising of over 200 students from these ten schools. The students danced to a song composed by Eve Ensler’s ‘Break the Chain’at DLF Mall, Saket. Eve Ensler, herself a victim of abuse, is a feminist and a famous playwright renown for her ground-breaking ‘Vagina Monologues’ whose success propelled her to found V-Day -a movement to end violence against women. According to Ensler, ‘Break the Chain’is an ‘anthem that will call up one billion to rise” against VAWG.