Each year governments, civil society and UN partners across the world unite to commemorate the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence against women and girls. The international campaign commences on the 25th November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and runs until 10th December, Human Rights Day.
In support of this global initiative, AngloGold Ashanti encourages employees to participate in this year’s 16 Days of Activism Campaign against Gender-Based Violence (GBV). This year the focus of the campaign is on the elimination of gender-based workplace violence and hostility, and the enabling of a culture that embraces diversity and fostering equity, inclusiveness and belonging.
Recent estimates from the United Nations show that the level of gender-based violence against women is on the rise with nearly 1 in 3 women aged 15 and older reported to have been subjected to some form of violence. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an increased rate of unemployment and poverty with a disproportionate impact on women and girls, with the increased risk of gender-based violence. Ending violence against women and girls starts with every one of us. We can shift from awareness to action through collaborative efforts to fight the root causes of GBV, including gender stereotypes and societal norms, through education on positive masculinity, healthy relationships, breaking the silence and removing barriers to equity and an inclusive work culture.
This year’s global campaign theme “Orange the World, End Violence Against Women Now” has the colour orange which is used to represent a brighter future, free from violence against women and girls. Employees are encouraged to support the upcoming international campaign throughout the 16-day period and beyond, with the aim to create a work environment free of violence and harassment where every employee can experience a sense of belonging.