16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign. In support of this civil society initiative, led by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, the United Nations Secretary-General's UNITE to End Violence against Women by 2030 (UNiTE) campaign calls for global action to raise awareness, intensify efforts in advocacy, knowledge sharing and innovation.
In the offices of ARIS, the VIP and CSP gender specialists Ozubekova Mirzhan and Zhumaeva Baktygul held awareness-raising activities dedicated to the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign. Employees were informed of the annual international campaign that starts on November 25, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs through December 10, Human Rights Day. The campaign was founded by activists at the first Women's Global Leadership Institute in 1991 and continues to be coordinated annually by the Center for Women's Global Leadership. It is used as an organizational strategy by individuals and organizations around the world to call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls. Gender specialists also prepared a stand in solidarity and support for the campaign against gender-based violence.
It should be noted that, in the implementation of projects, ARIS pays great attention to achieving gender equality in hiring employees, as well as in working with communities in identifying priority subprojects, according to the requirement in the Project Operations Manual women should be at least 50% of the total number of people participating in local decision making.
Gender equality became part of international human rights law in accordance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the UN General Assembly on December 10, 1948. This landmark document in the history of human rights recognizes that “all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights” and that “every human being shall enjoy all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, as in relation to race, religion, or other status."