The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is calling for an end to violence against women and girls, and an end to all sexual and gender-based violence, during this year’s 16 Days of Activism campaign.

Every day between 25 November and 10 December, IFRC will be amplifying the voices of survivors across our social media platforms, and joining partners in sustained global advocacy under the theme “Orange the World: #HearMeToo”.

The World Health Organisation estimates that more than a third of women worldwide – 35 per cent – have experienced some form of sexual or physical violence in their lifetime. Research into sexual and gender-based violence indicates that less than 40 per cent of all women who experience violence will seek any kind of help in the aftermath.

IFRC has invested heavily both in the prevention of sexual and gender-based violence, and in finding ways to more effectively and more expansively address gender and diversity issues in our work.

The IFRC Strategic Framework on Gender and Diversity Issues 2013–2020  (and its Explanatory Note) provides direction to IFRC and all National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to ensure that all of its actions promote gender equality and respect for diversity and are non-discriminatory towards people of all ages and backgrounds. We have also developed Minimum Standard Commitments on Gender and Diversity in Emergency Response,

In December 2015, at the 32nd International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, States and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement adopted a ground-breaking Resolution on “Sexual and gender-based violence: Joint action on prevention and response.” This has been followed up by training courses on gender and diversity in programming to help local responders prevent and respond to sexual and gender-based violence.

We also have a number of policies and platforms designed to ensure the dignity and safety of communities, volunteers and staff, which are explained here.

Follow IFRC’s campaign on our social media channels throughout the 16 Days of Activism – on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.