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16 Days of Activism

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence is a yearly international campaign organized by the United Nations (UN) on a global scale, starting on November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and runs until December 10, Human Rights Day.

Kickstarted by non-governmental organizations and women’s rights activists in 1991, the campaign is now carried out by individuals and institutions around the world and used as a platform and strategy for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls.

In support of this civil society initiative, under the leadership of the UN Secretary-General, the campaign calls for individuals and organizations to take action to increase awareness about violence against women and girls and to galvanize advocacy efforts. To this end, individuals and organizations use the color orange to draw attention to violence against women, in response to the UN Secretary-General’s call: “Orange the World!”. The reason why orange is used in the campaign is that the color symbolizes light and hope. 

UN Women Türkiye has been raising awareness about violence against women in the country through national campaigns, events and activities organized during the 16 Days of Activism since 2012. We invite everyone to be a part of the movement to end violence against women and girls.


Violence against women is a human rights violation and a crime. It is a universal problem with significant effects on survivors of violence, their families and society. Intimate partner violence is one of the most common forms of violence experienced by women around the world.

This year, UN Women Türkiye calls for action against intimate partner violence with the #SheSaidNo Campaign. The campaign, which will continue throughout the 16 Days of Activism, aims to raise awareness about the signs and consequences of intimate partner violence, and to raise public awareness about how to identify and act against it.

What is intimate partner violence? 

  • Intimate partner violence is a form of violence in intimate relationships in which one partner is kept under pressure and control and exposed to violence by a current or former spouse/partner. It’s any pattern of behavior that is used to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner. It encompasses all physical, sexual, emotional, economic and psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person.  This has long-lasting negative effects. 

  • Intimate partner violence is a type of violence experienced over the course of a relationship, or even afterwards. “Intimate partner” refers both to current and former spouses/partners and whether or not the perpetrator shares or has shared the same residence with the survivor.

If we know the signs of an abusive relationship, we may be able to recognize it better and seek or offer help. 
For more information, please click here

If you are an institution or a company, you can take concrete steps towards the elimination of violence against women by joining Generation Equality movement. For more information, please visit: Generation Equality Forum

Deniz and Evren have been together for almost 5 years. They are having some problems in their relationship. Now let’s have a look at these problems.* 

*Names and events are not real and used just for the sake of this study.  

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Evren wants to know everything about what Deniz does, where Deniz goes and who Deniz meets with. 

Which answer do you most agree with?; 

  • Evren might be wondering about Deniz and what Deniz is up to

  • Evren is trying to protect Deniz from things 

  • Mutual information sharing is important in relationships

  • Controlling a partner is a common sign of abusive relationship

Explanation: The desire to control a partner brings with it harmful behaviours. In addition to psychological violence, other forms of violence (physical, sexual, economic, digital) can also be experienced within these insecure and violent relationships.



Deniz said that Evren punches the walls when they have an argument. 

Which answer do you most agree with?;

  • It cannot be regarded as violence because it is not aimed at Deniz

  • This is a form of physical violence

Explanation: Physical violence does not only need to be directed at a person’s body.   The perpetrator of the violence may kick at the door, punch at  wall, break phone and these are also examples of physical violence that has deep effects on the person subjected to it. 

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