WATCH: 16 Days of Activism: UN Population Fund's Sixteen Voices for Change. 7/12/2016

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According
to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), violence against women
and girls is one of the most pervasive human rights abuses in the world.
As part of their 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence
campaign, they've launched Sixteen Voices for Change - an interactive feature which sees a global chorus of voices calling for change. 

 

 

The feature profiles 16 people from vastly different backgrounds from around the world, who are not only demanding an end to gender-based violence, but also calling for empowerment, equality, and justice.

Globally, one in three women experience sexual or intimate partner violence. Millions of girls are additionally subjected to harmful practices such as child marriage and female genital mutilation.

The Sixteen Voices for Change feature
aims to highlight how every person can make a difference, and bring
about change. The 16 activists include women, men, children,
policymakers and activists, as well as advocates and survivors.
Together, they show that change can take many forms.

 

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The following people are just some of those who have shared their stories for this feature:

In Syria, we meet 16-year-old Raneem Abras, who is fighting child marriage in
her Syrian refugee community in Jordan - where families are
increasingly marrying-off their daughters to cope with the stresses of
displacement.

“I wish I could go around educating everyone I know,” she told UNFPA.

While
in Uganda, 10-year-old Mary Goret Aleper is inspiring change - simply
by speaking about her dream for gender equality in her country.

Fatuma
from Ethiopia was married off five years ago, when she was just 13.
Like most girls from the remote Afar Region of Ethiopia, she had
undergone female genital mutilation when she was only a baby, and it was
expected that her scars would open up during the wedding night. But
they didn't - even when she became pregnant. 

The scar tissue had to be cut open when she delivered her baby – an excruciating experience that continues to haunt her.

Men,
too, have echoed the call for equality. Aung from Myanmar says men and
boys have a vital role to play in addressing violence against women and
girls. 

"I know what to do when I hear or see a man beating his
wife. I know how to approach him and how to involve our community
leaders,” he said.

In Palestinian, we're introduced to activist, Rand Jarallah, who uses makeup to raise awareness about gender-based violence. 

In her stunning reverse-motion video titled Reversing the Trend, she uses her own face as a canvas to depict abuse and the need for global action.

You can learn more about Sixteen Voices for Change, here.