16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Orange the World: End violence against women now

The Campaign

According to UN Women, one in three women worldwide experience physical or sexual violence, and only 40 percent seek help of any sort afterwards. The annual international campaign “16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence” aims to raise awareness on gender-based violence and calls for individuals and organizations around the world to unite for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls. The campaign runs from November 25th, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to December 10th, Human Rights Day. This year’s theme for the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is “Orange the world: End violence against women now!”

Our Contribution

To help orangeing the world, the sector project “Sport for Development” and the regional project “Sport for Development in Africa” of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) joined forces. We want to use the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence to proviode a platform for individuals working in the field to share their expertise and insights. In a podcast series of four episodes, we will interview activists, practitioners, and researchers from different regions to learn more about their experiences and gain their insights on the topic. We are thrilled to present our interview guests:


    • Charles P. Simakumba from the White Ribbon Campaign, Namibia
    • Magdalena Spasovska from Together Advancing Common Trust, North Macedonia
    • Dr. Grace Okong’o from Kenyatta University, Kenya
    • Yianny Ioannou from Tackle Africa, United Kingdom 

The episodes will be released on November 26th, November 30th, December 4th, and December 7th respectively. On the other 12 days, we will provide you with information on our interview guests, music and book recommendations, and ideas of concrete action you can take to fight GBV. The content will be published on both our website and our Instagram page, so follow us to stay up to date!



Day 1: Portrait - Charles Simakumba


We are honored to introduce our first guest, Charles Simakumba, an activist fighting gender-based violence in Namibia.

Charles is passionate about promoting positive masculinity and engaging men in the gender-based violence discourse. He is a former teacher who decided to use his voice to tackle gender-based violence in his community and his home country Namibia. In 2004 he co-founded the White Ribbon Campaign Namibia and is still volunteering as the director. The NGO brings together men and young boys to work on ending men´s violence against women and girls through education, discussion and action. Today, the White Ribbon Campaign Namibia is one of the international GBV Prevention Network 500 fighting violence against women and girls.

In cooperation with GIZ, the White Ribbon Campaign launched an awareness raising campaign in sports clubs called `Show violence the red card`. That is when we experienced Charles’ dedication and enthusiasm firsthand, which made us think of Charles as our first guest for our `16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence` podcast series. Tune in, on November 26th,on our website, to hear more from Charles and his way of tackling violence, his experience, and his view on the current situation in Namibia.

For more information on the White Ribbon Campaign Namibia, check their Twitter channel.


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Day 5: Portrait – Rebecca Iliescu and Yianny Ioannou 

In the second podcast episode, Mariam Ibrahim talks to Rebecca Iliescu and Yianny Ioannou from TackleAfrica

Rebecca is Programme Manager at Tackle Africa Côte d’Ivoire since 2019. Before, she worked as a football coach for youth, as a personal trainer and in kinesiology. She is organizing and delivering training courses, HIV testing sessions, tournaments, and supports the coaches on the ground.

“Everything we want to achieve goes hand in hand with a more equal and just society”

Yianny is Director of Operations at TackleAfrica and a professional football coach with UEFA A License from the UK. Since 2007, he has delivered football and HIV courses in several African countries and is dedicated to use sport to educate children and young adults and to use sport as a tool for social impact. 11 years ago, he joined the NGO TackleAfrica because he sees sexual health as a key element for gender equity.

TackleAfrica, founded in 2002, uses the power and popularity of football to bring people together and to provide a platform to educate youth on sexual health with a focus on HIV. With the help of sport, they deliver Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights information to young people across the African continent. By combining sex education with physical training, their prevention message is better remembered, understood, and practiced. Today, TackleAfrica has more than 50 staff members and programs in 12 African countries with a huge network of trained football coaches. For more information on TackleAfrica, check their website.
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