Ending Gender-based Violence Globally

Ending Gender-based Violence Globally
16 Days Against GBV

From November 25th to December 10th individuals, organizations, and communities from around the world come together to shed light on gender-based violence and to call for its elimination globally. Here a DREAMS mentor talks with program participants about opportunities for the future. This image was taken as part of PEPFAR programming before COVID-19. Photo by Thom Pierce 2018.

From November 25 to December 10 each year, individuals, organizations, and communities unite around the world to raise awareness of gender-based violence and to call for its elimination globally through the 16 Days Against GBV Campaign.

CDC, through the Division of Global HIV and TB, is a key partner in the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and is committed to accelerating progress toward rapidly reaching HIV/AIDS epidemic control in the highest burden countries through client-centered prevention and treatment services. Violence is a barrier to reaching HIV epidemic control as evidence has shown that GBV may impede access to HIV services and adherence to HIV treatment. Preventing and responding to GBV is a priority for CDC’s PEPFAR programming because identifying violence and providing an appropriate response offers a unique opportunity to tailor services for those most vulnerable to both violence and HIV.

In 2021, CDC’s 16 Days Against GBV campaign, “From 16 to 365 days of action,” seeks to increase awareness about GBV by amplifying the voices of those working on the frontlines to end GBV every day, across the world. In recognition of this year’s 16 Days Against GBV campaign, CDC’s Division of Global HIV and TB is proud to highlight the multi-faceted work of CDC as a global leader in GBV prevention and response.

Explore our stories and videos to learn how CDC’s programs and partnerships contribute to the global effort to prevent and respond to GBV.

What is Gender-based Violence?

Gender-based violence (GBV) is any form of violence against an individual based on biological sex, gender identity or expression, or perceived adherence to socially-defined expectations of what it means to be man or woman, boy or girl. This includes physical, sexual, and psychological abuse; threats; coercion; arbitrary deprivation of liberty; and economic deprivation, whether occurring in public or private life. GBV is rooted in gender-related power differences.

Page last reviewed: November 23, 2021
Content source: Global Health