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'RUN LIKE A GIRL' - Campaign for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence

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a picture of a hand in solidarity with keys in between
Saturday, November 25, 2023, 10:31 am – Sunday, December 10, 2023, 10:31 am

Take a stride towards Solidarity and Against Gender Based Violence

Join us as we take strides against gender-based violence with our "Run Like a Girl" campaign, part of the global 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence movement. Our running is symbolic of the fight against gender-based violence and the resilience of those affected by it.

Running with keys between fingers is a stark reminder of the vigilance FLINTA people must maintain in public spaces. It's a symbol of the fear that many feel when alone or in vulnerable situations. Our campaign reclaims this narrative, transforming a tool of self-defense into a symbol of empowerment. We run to take back the streets, to stand up against the notion that public spaces are not safe for everyone, and to demand change. 

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign that starts from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs until 10 December, Human Rights Day.  The campaign calls for global action to increase awareness, galvanize advocacy efforts, and share knowledge to call for the prevention of gender-based violence.  

Our Runs

26.11.23 - Kick-Off Run: We start with a 7km run to set our intentions and build our community.

This year there have been 7  known femicides in Vienna  AÖF – Femizide in Österreich ( 

30.11.23 - Midweek Motivation: A 5km evening run to keep the momentum going. We run and cycle together with a logal NGO StoP – Stadtteile ohne Partnergewalt (StoP - Districts without partner violence) at the Männerlauf  

01.12.23 - The Long Haul: A challenging 15km to symbolize the enduring spirit of those fighting for change. 

Worldwide, around 15 million adolescent girls aged 15 to 19 have experienced forced sex in their lifetime (Facts and figures: Ending violence against women  | UN Women – Headquarters)

06.12.25 - Solidarity Sprint: A quick 3km to rally support and solidarity.  Every third women has been subjected to violence in her life  (Facts and figures: Ending violence against women  | UN Women – Headquarters)

10.12.23 - The Final Stride: We conclude with a 9.1km run on Human Rights Day to affirm our commitment to the cause.

9.1 km – 91% of the detected victims of human trafficking for sexual exploitation are women  (Facts and figures: Ending violence against women  | UN Women – Headquarters)


Feel free to join us for any of these runs. Join our community chat here and stay updated about the run details, routes and how you can get involved.

Spread the Word on Social Media

Remember to share your running selfies, use our dedicated hashtag, and tag @ceu.studentcenter to be featured on our official channels. 

Here’s what you can post on your social media to inspire your network if you would like to run with us and create awareness about the 16 Days of Activism. 

"✊I run not just for fitness, but for justice, for a world free from gender based violence.  #RunForRights #16Days #CEUActivism16Days"

Check out other events at CEU related to 16 Days of Activism here.

Image credits: @amberzaravandenpangaard