Banyan Global joined the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and other partners to recognize the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence (GBV). The 16 Days campaign is celebrated annually, beginning on November 25, International End Violence against Women Day and ending on December 10, International Human Rights Day. The purpose of the 16 Days campaign is to raise awareness of GBV around the world, including programs and actions to prevent and respond to GBV.
On November 29, Banyan Global participated in the annual #GBVchat Twitter relay to discuss this year’s theme of Ending GBV in the World of Work. From 11am-12pm EST, Banyan Global shared best practices, research, results and more on how GBV impacts women’s livelihoods.
In Ethiopia, Banyan Global staff members on the USAID/Feed the Future Ethiopia Value Chain Activity joined staff from prime implementer Fintrac in wearing white ribbons to commemorate the 16 Days. Staff also posted one fact or message related to GBV each day in the project field office. Additionally, the project’s gender team presented to regional offices on the different types of GBV and how to recognize them.
In Uganda, Banyan Global staff members on the USAID-funded Uganda Malaria Action Program for Districts (MAPD) launched a series of community dialogues throughout Uganda to increase awareness of GBV and how GBV influences malaria prevention, diagnosis and treatment. The team also collaborated with local organizations to provide tools and resources to communities on ways to identify, prevent and eliminate GBV.