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University of Edinburgh writers support 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign with Blogathon

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genderED, the University of Edinburgh’s hub for gender and sexuality studies, is running a 16-day blogathon, to raise awareness of the global 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign.


From 25 November to 10 December, contributors from across the world will post blogs exploring pressing issues in gender-based violence. Topics include digital violence and resistance; the meaning of home in times of COVID-19; and the role of art and design-based practices to resist, expose and survive gender-based violence, and to provoke a reckoning to seek justice and change. 

16 Days Blogathon

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is an international campaign to challenge violence against women and girls, stating one in three women worldwide experience physical or sexual violence.

Read more about this year’s 16 Days Campaign on the UN Women website.

The genderED hub is led by Professor Fiona Mackay of the University of Edinburgh’s School of Social and Political Science (SPS).

She said:

“We look forward to sharing the stories and vision of a remarkable set of artists, activists, academics and students this year. The 16 Days blogathon 2020 is a small contribution to the ongoing struggle for women’s equality and a world free from sexual and gender-based violence.”

Contributors include Dr Claire Houghton from SPS, who co-authored a piece on Monday 30 November on world-leading arts-based activism and advocacy by child and youth survivors of domestic abuse in Scotland:

Day Six: Young Survivors of Gender-Based Violence: Innovation and Impact

International collaboration

The Blogathon marks a continuing collaboration between genderED, the Australian Human Rights Institute at UNSW Sydney and Ambedkar University, Delhi. 

Now in its fourth year, this year’s Blogathon brings together voices from civil society, academia, art, activism, and government around the world as its contribution to the ongoing struggle.

Keep up with the Blogathon

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The 16 Days Blogathon project will also be posting updates on Twitter from @UoE_genderED@HumanRightsUNSWand @RSTweet18