This year’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence will be the 30th such event since it was launched by the Women’s Global Leadership Institute in 1991. During the 16 Days, which run from The International Day For The Elimination Of Violence Against Women (25 November) to Human Rights Day (10 December), individuals and organisations around the world engage in public advocacy and high profile campaigns to call for an end to all forms of gender-based violence (GBV).

GBV comes in many forms, including sexual violence such as rape and forced marriage, other acts of physical violence such as beatings and assaults, and psychological abuse such as controlling and coercive control and online harassment.

Over the years, a large number of Anglican Churches and mission agencies have embraced the 16 Days in a number of different ways. They have been supported in this by the Anglican Communion Office and the International Anglican Women’s Network.

For the 16 Days of Activism in 2021, the Anglican Communion Office is inviting young Anglicans (aged 35 and under) to submit short videos which expresses their perspectives of gender-based violence. Between 25 November and 10 December, we will release a selection of those videos on our official social media channels as part of our response to the 16 Days.

Our campaign: “Exposure – Focusing the lens on gender-based violence – will highlight different regions, languages and cultures across the Anglican Communion on the issue of GBV during the 16 days. The campaign will ensure that young people’s perspectives and views are given a platform.

This could be a specific focus on a particular issue within their own community, context, or country. It could be a focus on work already being done by young people. It could be an advocacy campaign that they have joined in.

We want to provide a voice for young Anglicans to highlight their concerns, solutions, and work on preventing and ending gender-based violence.

Gender-based violence is a sensitive and painful subject for many people, so we have prepared some guidance to keep participants safe and to ensure an effective campaign: 

  • For this project, it is important that survivors of gender-based violence should not be identified as such in the videos. The videos that we select for publication may end up being shared far and wide and, being an international project, we can’t be sure that appropriate resources are available locally to support survivors who may find themselves subject to such widespread coverage.

  • The Anglican Communion Office will not publish a video unless it is satisfied that it has the consent of everybody featured in the video.

  • The video should not include any copyright material, such as music, photos or other video content, unless the permission of the copyright holder has been obtained.

  • Submitted videos should be no longer than two minutes in duration so that they can be shared effectively on social media.

  • Videos can be filmed using mobile phones – professional recording equipment is not required but should be filmed in landscape mode (see our video guidance note here).

  • Videos can be in any language from the Anglican Communion. If possible, we ask that an English translation is provided in written form.

  • If the Anglican Communion Office is considering publishing a submitted video, it will contact the submitter to ensure that appropriate safeguards are in place.

Submit your video 

To submit your video, please send it to us by: 

  • WhatsApp:          +447842272238
  • Email:                    [email protected].

To email video, you may need to use a service like WeSendIt or WeTransfer because large files are not suitable for sending via email.

Please include your full contact details and, if the video is in a language other than English, let us know which language the video is in.

The closing date for submissions is 31 October 2021.

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