1 in 3 women experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime. Gender-Based violence (GBV) is a lived reality for all women globally. The 16 days of Activism against GBV is a call to action for everyone to address this issue. Rape, child marriages, domestic violence, female genital mutilation (FGM) are all forms of GBV. There are so many other socio-cultural, political and economic practices and cultures that have been (some still being) investigated and classified as GBV. It is important for everyone, men, women and children, to be aware of all these so that the fight to end GBV is an effective one.
16 Days of Activism falls from 25 November to 10 December every year. The theme for 2016 is, ‘Orange the World: Raise Money to End Violence against Women and Girls’. Currently, it is reported that most women-led organisations lack resources to do their developmental work effectively. This means that work towards the key issues that affect women are underfunded. It essentially means that the global goal to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 is almost impossible to achieve if one aspect is under-resourced.
As Her Zimbabwe we aim to generate information to inform advocacy on issues affecting women. We are, therefore, calling for submissions of articles on GBV to be published during the 16 Days of Activism. With this call, we hope to generate and share information on the realities of GBV in our society. We hope to provide possible solutions to this recurring problem.
What we aim to achieve?
- To raise awareness on the GBV through knowledge and experience sharing.
- To share knowledge on the different forms of GBV and their effects.
- To analyse the different causes of GBV and how they relate to each other.
- To raise awareness on the practical ways of handling real life GBV cases and the resources associated with it.
- To explore and asses policies and structures currently in place for ending GBV.
- Suggest ways in which governments, civil society and the community can help end GBV.
- To provide practical solutions towards ending GBV.
What we want to hear from you
- The different forms of GBV-explore socio-cultural, political and economic practices and cultures classified as GBV,
- GBV amongst the youth and adolescent population,
- The different measures in which GBV is being dealt with,
- The different ways of raising resources for the campaign against GBV,
- The real life experiences of being a GBV survivor or being a service provider to GBV survivors.
- The different actors in ending GBV; what they are doing and how they are making a difference,
- Experiences of women, men and children who have been victims and survivors of GBV,
- The impact of GBV on both individuals and society a whole,
- What different legal instruments against GBV mean, (focus can be on individual African countries, regional or international instruments),
- What world leaders need to do in their countries to end GBV,
- What civil society can do to end GBV,
- What individuals in the community can do to end GBV,
There are so many issues that fall under the topic of GBV and you can pick any of the aspects mentioned above, or even explore a new angle. GBV is a global issue in which mostly women are affected. Men and children are affected too. By sharing different views and experiences from across the continent we hope to speak with one voice as we join together in the fight to end it.
What you can submit
The submission can be in the form of personal experiences, essays, research articles, short stories, opinions or commentaries. All submissions should be between 800 and 1500 words. Click here for more information on our writer’s guidelines.
Submissions should be word documents in Arial font size 12 with one and half line spacing. Any submissions that do not follow these requirements will be automatically disqualified.
If you wish to submit any images with your articles please follow the guidelines below.
- Provide a provisional caption that describes the image
- Provide us with the information for acknowlegdement of either the photographer or the source of the image
- Submit them in ‘jpg’ format
- If the image contains real people please include permission from the subject to publish that image.
- NB// Images will only be used at the discretion of the editorial team.
When to submit
Submissions can be made to firstname.lastname@example.org by the 21 November 2016 with the subject: Her Zimbabwe 16 Days of Activism 2016 series. We will respond to all submissions as they come in.
Her Zimbabwe will pay $50 for every article selected for publishing and there will be a bonus for outstanding articles. Selection of articles to be published and outstanding ones will be at the editor’s discretion. All payments will be made after publishing.
Main image taken from www.unwomen.org