16 Days of Activism Against GBV in Libya
The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence (GBV) is a global campaign calling for the elimination of all forms of gender-based violence. It takes place annually from 25 November (International Day Against Violence Against Women) to 10 December (International Human Rights Day), `which emphasizes that GBV is a violation of human rights.
In Libya this year, under the slogan “everyone has a role to play” (#EveryoneHasRoleToPlay) and the lead of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the 16 Days Campaign focused on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the life of people in vulnerable situations, highlighting the increase in the risk of GBV and calling for action to ensure the protection and promotion of the rights of women and girls.
The campaign engaged Libyan civil society organizations and activists, TV channels and radio stations, youth networks and the Libyan Ministry of Social Affairs. Awareness activities covered all regions in Libya with focus on Tripoli, Benghazi and Sebha, and ranged from virtual dialogues to in-person training and awareness sessions – including in community centres, migrant detention centres and universities – as well as TV and radio shows to mobilize collective and individual response to eliminate GBV in Libya.
The Ministry of Social Affairs was engaged in a virtual dialogue with 26 civil society activists to mark the campaign’s objectives and call for action to ensure availability of multi-sectoral services for GBV survivors. Libyan female-led CSOs were given the lead in spreading awareness messages, at community level and through participation in several TV and radio programmes. The Y-PEER network of young peer educators was actively involved to target young and adolescent girls with awareness messages for the elimination of child marriage.
A massive social media campaign was also conducted in partnership with Huna Libya, a media platform that engages young Libyans to come together to engage, through multi-media content, in dialogue and discussion on the issues that matter to them. The campaign included the participation of multiple UN Agencies in a collective effort of the UN Communications Group for Libya. Awareness messages related to HIV/AIDS and the rights of people with disabilities were incorporated into the campaign to mark World Aids Day and the International Day of Persons with Disability.