Q&A with Franchesca Isla – 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence


As part of the global campaign, 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, we had the privilege of engaging in a thought-provoking Q&A session with Franchesca Isla, a passionate advocate for gender equality and an active participant in the fight against gender-based violence. Franchesca shared her insights on the importance of the campaign, the challenges faced, and the potential solutions to address this pervasive issue.

Q1: Franchesca, can you tell us about the significance of the 16 Days of Activism campaign and why it is crucial in the fight against gender-based violence?

Franchesca Isla: Absolutely. The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is a global initiative that runs from November 25th, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to December 10th, Human Rights Day. It serves as a powerful reminder of the urgent need to address and eradicate gender-based violence worldwide. This period provides a platform for activists, organizations, and individuals to come together, raise awareness, and advocate for policies that promote gender equality and put an end to violence against women and girls.

Q2: What motivated you to become involved in the fight against gender-based violence, and how do you think individuals can contribute to this cause?

Franchesca Isla: My motivation stems from a deep commitment to justice and equality. Witnessing the prevalence of gender-based violence globally and recognizing its devastating impact on individuals and communities, I felt compelled to take action. Every individual has a role to play in this fight. Whether it’s educating oneself, supporting organizations that work towards ending gender-based violence, or simply speaking up against discriminatory practices, collective efforts are essential to creating meaningful change.

Q3: Gender-based violence affects people across various demographics. In your opinion, what are some of the most pressing challenges in addressing this issue on a global scale?

Franchesca Isla: One significant challenge is the deeply ingrained cultural norms and societal attitudes that perpetuate gender-based violence. Overcoming these deeply rooted beliefs requires a comprehensive approach involving education, advocacy, and policy changes. Additionally, the lack of adequate legal frameworks and enforcement mechanisms in certain regions poses a challenge. We need robust international collaboration to ensure that legal systems protect survivors and hold perpetrators accountable.

Q4: The theme for this year’s 16 Days of Activism campaign is “Orange the World: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect!” Can you elaborate on the importance of each element in combating gender-based violence?

Franchesca Isla: “Orange the World” encapsulates the multifaceted approach needed to address gender-based violence effectively. First and foremost, “Fund” emphasizes the need for financial support to organizations working on the front lines, providing essential services, and conducting research to understand better and combat this issue. “Respond” underscores the importance of a coordinated and compassionate response to survivors, ensuring they have access to medical care, counseling, and legal support. “Prevent” focuses on proactive measures such as education and awareness campaigns to stop violence before it occurs. Lastly, “Collect” highlights the significance of data collection and analysis to inform evidence-based policies and interventions.

Q5: In your experience, how can technology be leveraged to both prevent gender-based violence and support survivors?

Franchesca Isla: Technology has immense potential in the fight against gender-based violence. From mobile apps that provide immediate assistance to survivors to online platforms for reporting incidents anonymously, technology can bridge gaps and provide support where traditional methods may fall short. Moreover, social media serves as a powerful tool for raising awareness and mobilizing communities. However, it’s crucial to address the digital divide and ensure that technology is accessible to all, considering the diverse backgrounds of survivors.

Q6: How can we encourage more men to actively participate in the fight against gender-based violence, recognizing that it is a societal issue that requires collective action?

Franchesca Isla: Engaging men as allies is crucial in dismantling the structures that perpetuate gender-based violence. Initiatives should focus on promoting positive masculinity, challenging harmful stereotypes, and encouraging open dialogue about consent and respectful relationships. Men can play a pivotal role in educating their peers, dismantling toxic masculinity, and advocating for gender equality in all aspects of life. It’s about fostering a sense of shared responsibility and emphasizing that this is everyone’s fight.


Our conversation with Franchesca Isla sheds light on the importance of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence and the role individuals can play in addressing this pervasive issue. Through collective efforts, advocacy, and a commitment to equality, we can work towards creating a world where everyone is free from the threat of gender-based violence. As the campaign continues to gain momentum, let us be inspired by Franchesca’s dedication and contribution to building a safer and more just society for all.