This year, the 16 Days campaign will highlight the relationship between militarism and the right to education during conflict, emergencies and relative peace. The campaign will also focus on the links between militarism and the patriarchal system of discrimination and inequality which exists in countries around the world.
The culture of militarism builds on and protects systems of power by controlling dissent and using violence to settle economic, political and social disputes. Militarism draws on and perpetuates patriarchal models of political, economic, and social domination of people by a small number of elites and privileges violent masculinity as acceptable behavior.
ActionAid Liberia and partners believe that:
- Sexual harassment and violence in public spaces across Liberia need to be recognized as infringement of human right.
- The government of Liberia needs to address all barriers to equitable access to quality gender-responsive public services, including the privatization of public services, which not only cause further social exclusion but also increase the care burden on women in sustaining their families and households across the country.
- That women should be fully engaged in urban governance and decision-making processes in cities across Liberia.
During the 16 days, ActionAid Liberia will promote several activities and initiatives aimed at highlighting the need to fight violence against women in public spaces. AAL will also highlight the need to promote quality gender responsive public services across Liberia, especially during periods of emergency. To do this, ActionAid Liberia will work with local partners including the Women Forum and ACTVISTA to support activities around the 16 Days of Activism. AAL will hold public awareness events to highlight violence against women in public spaces. AAL will also host a policy dialogue with partners, community members, policy makers and duty bearers on access to quality education and other basic public services.
Through these activities, AAL will strengthen and support the work of the Women Forum and youth groups to demand accountability from state and non-state actors on gender responsive public services at national level.
These activities will be held in Montserrado, Grand Bassa, Gbarpolu, Bong and Grand Gedeh counties.