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Vigil held to commemorate the 16 Days of activism against gender-based violence, Lahore

26-11-2013
Lahore

Vigil held to commemorate the 16 Days of activism against gender-based violence

Aurat Foundation’s Lahore office organized a candle light vigil to commemorate the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence. These 16 days campaign marks annually on international level, to emphasize that gender-based violence is a human rights violation. 

The 16 Days of Activism starts on November 25 and concludes on International Human Rights Day December 10 each year under a theme.  This year’s is ‘From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Let’s Challenge Militarism and End Violence Against Women!’, and highlights the intersections of gender-based violence and militarism, as well as the related issues of economicand social rights experienced by women and their communities.

A large number of civil society representatives and activists both male and female joined this vigil. They chanted slogans on equal economic rights, educational rights, reproductive rights and political rights of women and their access to employment. They also demandedto end violence against women and girls. Participantslifted placards and banners inscribed with different slogans in the favor of women.