Ellie Brewster shares the news that today is the first day of the annual "16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence" an international campaign started by the Center for Women's Global Leadership in 1991. There are a wide range of activities being planned, from a march in Yerevan, Armenia, focusing on violence against women; a quilt exhibition in Alice Springs, Australia; student trainings and dialogues with media outlets in Lagos, Nigeria; and a military fashion show at Rutgers University in New Jersey, USA.
Meanwhile, the 16 Days campaign in Second Life kicks off, as these sorts of things often do, with a virtual concert on November 27, starting at 11am PT. The performers line up at publication time includes:
- 11am - Cindy Ecksol: American Folk
- 12pm - AM Forte: Rock and Blues
- 1pm - Prowess Rayna: solo piano
- 2pm - SonyaJevette Charisma
- 3pm - The Choo Choo Chicks : jazz and blues
Looks like a really fun and eclectic mix of music to begin the virtual campaign.
But Second Life is not the only virtual space where actions will be taking place.
This year, the Center for Women's Global Leadership is partnering with the teen-oriented social network site Stardoll to bring the 16 Days Campaign to the site's 130 million teenage users. Stardoll users can create their own 16 Days designs, learn about the Campaign and participating organizations, and post questions to activists including economist Radhika Balakrishnan, human rights lawyer Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda and media activist Sharon Bhagwan Rolls.