The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

Strengthening the prevention of and response to violence against women and girls is of vital importance to the interests and overall foreign policy of the United States. As Secretary Clinton has emphasized time and again, women drive economic growth, women’s education is linked to increased national income and improved health, and women are essential agents of change in peace-building and conflict resolution. Conversely, violence against women and girls, and the social stigma of violence, negatively affect the ability of women and girls to participate fully in and contribute to their communities – economically, politically, and socially. Secretary Clinton's Statement»

This year, the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues (S/GWI) commemorated IDEVAW by organizing a panel event moderated by Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer titled “The Consequences of Violence Against Women: Examining the Economic, Health, Legal and Social Costs.” The discussion will use IDEVAW as an opportunity to examine how economic, health, legal and social costs are significant outcomes of violence against women and girls, while also encouraging preventive practices. View video»

S/GWI is also collaborating with other organizations and international partners during the 16 Days Campaign to highlight their events and bring greater public awareness about IDEVAW and the 16 Days Campaign. If you would like to highlight your event on our shared calendar, contact You can share your organization’s event, activities or thoughts on IDEVAW and the 16 Days of Activism using Twitter handle @S_GWI and hashtags #IDEVAW, #16Days and #SGWI. You can also post on our Facebook wall.

For more information about IDEVAW, the 16 Days Campaign, or violence against women and girls, please refer to the following:

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