The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence (GBV) is an international campaign that grew from the first Women's Global Leadership Institute in 1991. The dates, November 25 (International Day Against Violence Against Women) -December 10 (International Human Rights Day) were chosen to symbolize that violence against women is a human rights violation.

The Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit is pleased to support Ahimsa, a student group at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health dedicated to a violence-free world, in their efforts to bring attention to the 16 Days Campaign and subsequently all forms of gender-based violence.

On Friday, December 6, Ahimsa has organized a panel discussion, “What is the media’s role in ending gender-based violence in LMICs” at the Bloomberg School.  Contact Veena Sriram at if you would like to attend.

The group has also created a slideshow that includes powerful images from the UN WOMEN campaign, which is a series of ads that use genuine Google Searches to highlight the prevalence of sexism and discrimination against women.  Find out more and view the ads here:  The group also plans to display posters of these powerful images at the entrances to the Bloomberg School, all in an effort to start a dialogue about GBV.

The Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit believes it is the right of every woman and girl to live free of violence. That is why we support  Ahimsa and their efforts to join the 16 Days of Activism Campaign,  to prevent and eliminate violence against women and girls in all parts of the world.

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