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16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence 2023

The O3 and O3Plus Programmes are advocating for increased investments in Education focused on Health and Well-Being as a key measure to bolster the worldwide efforts to combat Gender-Based Violence.

The international community marks a significant period from November 25 to December 10, 2023, as the "16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence". This year, under the banner "Invest in Education to Prevent Violence Against Women & Girls", UNESCO, through its O3 and O3 PLUS programmes, leads a powerful campaign to highlight the pivotal role of education in combating this global issue.

Initiated in 2008, the UNiTE campaign, culminating in these 16 days, underscores the severe impact of gender-based violence (GBV) as a widespread human rights violation. Shockingly, one in three women experiences physical or sexual violence in their lifetime, often within their family circles. Particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa, GBV stands as a critical societal issue. UNESCO's O3 programmes have been instrumental in addressing these concerns, focusing on empowering adolescents and young people through education for health and well-being.

This year's campaign, "Invest IN EDUCATION to Prevent Violence Against Women & Girls", calls stakeholders from the education sector to join forces against GBV. The campagin is stressing the importance of educational investment as a fundamental strategy to prevent violence against women and girls.

2023 Activities for O3 and O3 PLUS programmes:

Online Live Stream at ICASA Conference:

Scheduled for December 5, from 3 PM to 3:30 PM, this live stream will address the critical need for educational investments in preventing GBV. UNESCO experts and O3 Ambassadors will share insights and best practices in an interactive format, targeting health professionals, educators, and students. Will be live on

Social Media Campaign

Let's use social media's power to fight violence against women!

You are invited to share your stories on how education on preventing gender-based violence has positively impacted your live, your family and your community.

Toegther let's build a strong collective movement, using personal stories to encourage a worldwide conversation focused on eliminating gender-based violence.

Deadline: 7 December 2023, the best stories will be published on the Young People Today website.

During the campagin, share your experiences and contribution on social media, using hashtags #InvestInEducation, #16Days, #NoExcuse, and #O3Programme.


The "16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence" presents a unique opportunity for communities to unite under the banner of education as a transformative force. O3 and O3 PLUS programmes are continuing the enduring fight against gender-based violence. Join the movement, spread the word, and be a part of this critical global change!

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