Initiative Update

16 Days Campaign activities against Gender Violence 2020

Keturah Shammah
Posted December 26, 2020 from Nigeria


Activities by Girls Education Mission International to commemorate the 16 days of activism against gender violence 2020


1 Orange the World

2 World's HIV/AIDS Day.

3 International Volunteers Day

4 Human rights day.

 Dates 25th November -10th December 2020

Event Report

Orange The World (Recover, Prevent, Fund and Collect)

The 16 days of activism started on the 25th of November with orange the world, focusing on the elimination of gender based violence, campaigning and raising awareness about gender based issues all around the globe. To participate in this campaign, Girls Education Missions International came up with a number of programs for the day which includes:

-Decoration of the office with balloons

-Facebook live video

-sensitization and creating awareness

-Talk show and a cameo appearance by the executive director of GEM.

The program started at about 11:00AM with all staff members and interns of GEM present. The office was beautifully decorated with Orange balloons and all staff members and interns were dressed in orange colored attires with purple ribbons carrying the caption' end gender based violence'.

The event became more lively during the facebook live video where everyone one lend a voice to create awareness on gender based issues to GEMs online audiences via the facebook page. Placards were beautifully designed with hash tags and good captions. It is worthy of note that over 30 persons were engaged outside the office on GBV matters and their offices decorated as well. The height of the event was the talk show where the role of communities, security and religious organizations were highlighted with much emphasis as key players in the fight against GBV. Perspectives were also expressed from both males and females in the office for better understanding of GBV issues and how to tackle such issues. Lastly A stellar presentation was given by the Executive Director of GEM who spoke intensively on the need to speak up, recover, prevent, fund and collect as we fight to eliminate the violence against women and girls.

World HIV/AIDS Day

In continuation of the 16 days of activism. To commemorate the world's HIV/AIDS day, Girls Education Missions International came up with an article titled 'Eliminating HIV/AIDS Stigmatization. This will have immeasurable impact as we hope it speaks to the minds of anyone who comes across it in the future.

International Volunteers Day

On the 5th of December, The international volunteers day was celebrated with an online event with over 25 participants in attendance. We were graced to have Mr. Frederick from Cote d'ivoire speak intensively about Volunteerism. Participants were challenged by the selfless services of Frederick and perspectives were shifted. The event had tremendous impact evident in the testimonies of the participants. The program ended with the closing remark from Mrs. Keturah who reiterated the words of Mr. Frederick that as a selfless venture, it must be passion driven.

Human Rights Day

To wrap up the 16days of activism, We decided as a team to organize an online event. This time we were all assigned duties in various capacities from initiation of the program to execution. All the staff and interns were present at the office to coordinate the event. It was an educative and interactive session with powerful presentations from a special guest in person of Kirthi Jayakumar and also Otache Emmanuel. The event had 15 persons in attendance privileged to learn from passion driven people that knows their onions. I.e Jayakumar a seasoned International human rights activists and a receiver of many great awards for her services. And Otache a vibrant final year student of Law from the the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University. A closing remark was made by Mrs. Keturah Shammah after which an evaluation was carried out by all staff, interns and the Executive Director of Girls Education Mission International Keturah Shammah

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Tamarack Verrall
Dec 26, 2020
Dec 26, 2020

Dear Keturah,
It is so good to learn more about what you have been making possible through Girls Education Mission International, and that you were able to bring the need to end violence onto radio waves and internet sites. It is always a special celebration to learn that World Pulse sisters have met and teamed up. It is empowering to think of you and Kirthi working together, and very touching to read what Otache Emmanuel has been through.
Congratulations on your work!
In sisterhood,

Karen QuiƱones-Axalan
Dec 29, 2020
Dec 29, 2020

Hello, again, Keturah,

You are my SHE-ro! I'm deeply in awe at all the activities you organized for women and girls. Congratulations to you and your GEM team for making all of these possible!

Jan 05
Jan 05

My dear Keturah

I applaud you for what you are doing to educate the young women and men who will be the leaders of Nigeria's tomorrow. This is nation building from the grassroots level and it is commendable.
The events you covered during the 16 Days campaign against GBV impacted a significant number of people in your community, and hopefully, what was gained during those 16 days will bring positive change into people's lives.
More power to you.