Welcome to the WAVE 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Against Women 2023

Welcome to the inspiring journey of the WAVE 16 Days of Activism 2023 campaign, during which we celebrate “The Power of Diverse Feminist Activism: Shaping Equality and Women’s Human Rights”. Our program is a dynamic showcase of the myriad ways activism can advance women’s human rights and foster gender equality through legislative change, powerful advocacy, responsible media reporting, and access to vital information, the vast realm of artivism.

Our innovative program is designed to activate and empower not only WAVE members and WAVE Youth Ambassadors but also local organisations to engage in profound conversations about the various facets of activism in tackling violence against women and girls and domestic violence. We understand that true progress requires the collective strength of diverse voices and experiences, grounded in solidarity and a profound acknowledgement of each other’s lived realities. Together, we aim to embark on a transformative journey, amplifying the impact of feminist activism as a force for change.

Join us in the WAVE 16 Days of Activism 2023 campaign, and let’s be the #WAVEofChange, united in #ActivismForEquality. Together, we can shape a more equitable future for all.  

The WAVE Office is pleased to share the calendar of events for these 16 Days of Activism beginning November 25th on International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and ending on December 10th on International Human Rights Day.

25th of November

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Viva Vulva Fundraising Art Exhibition

On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, WAVE stands against the pervasive issue of violence against women, emphasises the power of activism in preventing, addressing, and ultimately putting an end to this violation of women’s human rights. For the WAVE Statement, please click HERE.

Join us at the art exhibition by the CEU student Rifka Fehr who does not only push boundaries through her compelling artwork, but also ignites conversations and inspires action. The exhibition starts at 18:00 (CET). More information HERE.

Voices of Inclusive Activism

Listen to a new episode of the WAVE podcast “No More Violence Against Women”, in which WAVE interns and feminist activists Yasmine Aburaya and Alexandra Legentil discuss their experiences of working on issues related to migrant women and women’s rights.

Activist Spotlight Series – Aliz Bineth

During the 16 Days of Activism, our WAVE Youth Ambassadors, dedicated youth activists from across Europe, highlight the importance of diverse feminist activism, particularly from a youth perspecive. Follow us on our social media (Facebook, X & Instagram) and celebrate diversity within the feminist movement with us! #WAVEofChange

Webinar: Responsible Reporting on VAWG and Femicide

From 12:30-14:30 (CET), join us for an insightful webinar that brings together journalists, media professionals, and activists to explore the critical role of the media in addressing femicide and advancing gender equality. Register HERE! The agenda is available HERE.

Action Spotlight: Showcasing WAVE’s Recent Efforts in Shaping the EU Directive on VAW & DV, Featuring Our Campaign for the Inclusion of Women’s Specialist Services

Follow us on our social media (Facebook, X & Instagram) and support our calls for action! #WAVEofChange

Workshop: Empowering Civil Courage

In a world that strives for gender equality, it is imperative that we equip ourselves with the knowledge and skills to respond effectively when someone is experiencing gender-based violence. From 11:30-13:20 (CET), join us for an engaging and informative workshop that focuses on “Civil Courage” and offers insights into how to react in accordance with Austrian laws and the available women specialist services. Register HERE!

Radio ORANGE 94.0 Collaboration

From 16:00-17:00 (CET), Radio ORANGE 94.0, the biggest Community Radio station in the German speaking countries, broadcasts an episode of the WAVE podcast “No More Violence Against Women”.

Activist Spotlight Series – Doga Gunduz

During the 16 Days of Activism, our WAVE Youth Ambassadors, dedicated youth activists from across Europe, highlight the importance of diverse feminist activism, particularly from a youth perspecive. Follow us on our social media (Facebook, X & Instagram) and celebrate diversity within the feminist movement with us! #WAVEofChange

The value of collaboration in activism I

The Global Network of Women’s Shelters and the WAVE Network have come together to highlight the value of collaboration in activism by providing insights on the the Lila.Help global directory and the WAVE Find Help directory of women’s specialist services to tackle violence against women and girls in Europe and beyond. Follow us on our social media (Facebook, X & Instagram) and take action to support women’s human rights! #WAVEofChange

The value of collaboration in activism II

The Global Network of Women’s Shelters and the WAVE Network have come together to highlight the value of collaboration in activism by providing insights on the the Lila.Help global directory and the WAVE Find Help directory of women’s specialist services to tackle violence against women and girls in Europe and beyond. Follow us on our social media (Facebook, X & Instagram) and take action to support women’s human rights! #WAVEofChange

Webinar: Empowering Equality – Navigating the EU Directive on VAW and DV

From [time], join us for an enlightening and thought-provoking webinar that delves into the proposed EU Directive on Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence (VAW and DV). This legislation has the potential to be groundbreaking as it sets harmonised standards for addressing gender-based violence across the European Union. Register HERE. The agenda is available HERE.

Activist Spotlight Series Lena Östlund

During the 16 Days of Activism, our WAVE Youth Ambassadors, dedicated youth activists from across Europe, highlight the importance of diverse feminist activism, particularly from a youth perspecive. Follow us on our social media (Facebook, X & Instagram) and celebrate diversity within the feminist movement with us! #WAVEofChange

Blooms of Resilience: A Femicide Memorial Workshop

In this unique workshop, we aim to remember the women who have tragically lost their lives due to femicide. Their stories will be brought to life by other women who refuse to reduce them to yet another femicide statistic. Instead, we’ll create a space in memoriam for these women who were resilient, vibrant, caring, brave, and full of life. Our goal is to harness the power of art activism and together, craft feminine silhouettes, carefully cutting them out and painting them with vibrant, uplifting colours. Through this creative process, we will remember and celebrate the lives of those who fell victim to femicide. Let’s come together, share stories, and create a space of empowerment and remembrance, fostering a community that stands against gender-based violence with love, compassion, and art. Register HERE!

Webinar: Feminist approaches to counter gender-based violence during and after conflict

Join us from 14:00 to 16:00 (CET) for an insightful and practical webinar about the impact of war on different groups of people, specifically women and girls. Based on the toolkit: “Responding and preventing gender-based violence during the war and in post-war setting”, the webinar will explain how certain strategies can be used in conflict settings to prevent and respond to GBV. The webinar will highlight, based on the experiences of feminist organisations from Georgia, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Ukraine, the different approaches to fight GBV during and after conflict which are implemented in their respective countries. The agenda is available HERE. Registration is closed. 

Radio ORANGE 94.0 Collaboration

From 16:00-17:00 (CET), Radio ORANGE 94.0, the biggest Community Radio station in the German speaking countries, broadcasts an episode of the WAVE podcast “No More Violence Against Women”.

Artivism – Art used as a tool against gender-based violence

Listen to a new episode of the WAVE podcast “No More Violence Against Women”, in which we sit down with incredible artists using their craft as a powerful tool against gender-based violence. Hear their stories, insights, and the transformative impact of art in the fight for equality and women’s rights.

The value of collaboration in activism III

The Global Network of Women’s Shelters and the WAVE Network have come together to highlight the value of collaboration in activism by providing insights on the the Lila.Help global directory and the WAVE Find Help directory of women’s specialist services to tackle violence against women and girls in Europe and beyond. Follow us on our social media (Facebook, X & Instagram) and take action to support women’s human rights! #WAVEofChange

International Human Rights Day

The value of collaboration in activism IV

The Global Network of Women’s Shelters and the WAVE Network have come together to highlight the value of collaboration in activism by providing insights on the the Lila.Help global directory and the WAVE Find Help directory of women’s specialist services to tackle violence against women and girls in Europe and beyond. Follow us on our social media (Facebook, X & Instagram) and take action to support women’s human rights! #WAVEofChange

On the International Human Rights Day, WAVE affirms its steadfast commitment to safeguarding the rights of all civilians globally, through our work within Europe. We place particular emphasis on upholding the rights of women, children, and vulnerable groups who endure heightened vulnerabilities during times of peace and especially in periods of conflict and war. For the WAVE Statement, please click HERE.

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