In 1991, activists at the inaugural Women’s Global Leadership Institute started the 16 days of activism campaign aimed at increasing attention to the woman’s world considering Her safety and wellbeing.

The 16 days of activism start on 25th November (the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) through till 10th of December (human right’s day). The activity is coordinated by the center for women’s global leadership.

APPCO being a keep partner in the fight against gender-based violence joins the world every year in this campaign. We at APPCO welcome everyone to join us in this campaign this year.


2020 16 days of activism

theme: Orange the world. Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect

APPCO staff with partners in gulu city during the 2020 launch of the 16 days of activism

Breaking down the 2020 theme of the 16 days days of activism


  • Prioritize funding for a minimum package of essential services that include GBV prevention in COVID-19 fiscal stimulus packages.
  • Make flexible funding available for women’s rights organizations working at the nexus of COVID-19 and GBV.
  • Prioritize funding for GBV prevention and response in the Global Humanitarian Response Plan COVID-19 & the UN Socio-Economic Impact Framework.


  • Declare national zero tolerance policy for GBV with a concrete action plan in place.
  • Launch a COVID-19 behavior change social mobilization campaign (attention on system & social norm shifts, positive masculinities, and GBV against women, including those facing intersecting inequalities).


  • Undertake explicit measures so that services for survivors of GBV are maintained as essential during COVID-19 lockdowns, including ensuring a continuum of adequate criminal justice response.
  • Ensure minimum essential services maintained and adopted where they are nonexistent.


  • Collect data for improvement of GBV services and programs (always ensuring survivor-centered and ethical safety standards).