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16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, 2019

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, until 10 December, Human Rights Day. It was started by activists at the inaugural Women’s Global Leadership Institute in 1991 and continues to be coordinated each year by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership, and since then, many social justice movements and activists commemorate the period by highlighting issues and initiatives related to preventing and eliminating violence against women and girls.

Mirror, mirror, on the wall,
Where’s the justice for us all?

This 16 Days of Activism, Musawah is focussing on the transformative power of art — art as voice, art as resistance, art as activism. From International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25 November) to Human Rights Day (10 December), we commemorate these 16 days by highlighting campaigns that use art to generate public support for the prevention and elimination of gender-based violence in Muslim contexts.

Cover art illustration by Shika Corona,

How do I get involved? A contest!

Musawah and Beyond the Hijab invite you to share your stories on an issue relating to gender-based violence in Muslim contexts. We welcome visual artistic submissions, photos, drawings, short written stories or poems, videos, or recorded performance pieces.
The prize? A signed copy of Men in Charge? Rethinking Authority in Muslim Legal Tradition
The best submissions will be highlighted on our social media channels throughout the 16 Days (25 Nov.-10 Dec.), with written submissions featured on our website and art submissions approached with potential commission opportunities for future publications.

How to participate:

– Throughout 16 Days of Activism, post your story and tag us:
Twitter: @Musawah and @BeyondHijabSG
Facebook: @MusawahMovement and @BeyondHijabSG
Instagram: @BeyondHijabSG and #Musawah

or email [email protected].
– Use the hashtags #16Days  #Artivism4Change

Technical requirements:

– Submissions should take place between 25 November-10 December 2019. Any submissions outside of this period will not be taken into consideration for the contest.
– Visual pieces (paintings, sketches, illustrations) in a jpg. or png. Format, no larger than 1GB.
– Written pieces (poems, short-stories, prose) in a .pdf format, no more than 250 words.
– Performative pieces may be submitted via a link.