International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, Sixteen Days of Activism against Gender Violence
Orange the World: #HearMeToo
Date: Thursday, December 13, 2018
This year, UN Women and partners around the world are marking the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence (25 November – 10 December) under the theme of “Orange the World: #HearMeToo". Coming on the heels of global movements and grassroots campaigns such as ‘#MeToo’, “#TimesUp”, “#BalanceTonPorc” “#NiUnaMenos”, #MeTooIndia and “HollaBack!”, the 16 Days of Activism will be a rallying moment to bring together governments, communities, survivors, activists and the public through high-visibility events, using the signature colour orange.
As in previous years, iconic buildings and monuments will be ‘oranged’ to call for a violence-free future. In events around the world, including in schools and universities in Malawi and Barbados, public transportation hubs in El Salvador, Vanuatu, and The Philippines, and soccer matches in Egypt, global citizens will stand in solidarity with survivors and advocates.
Highlights from events around Asia and Pacific:
10 December 2018
Gelora Bung Karno stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia was illuminated in the color of orange to support the elimination of violence against women and to mark the #16days of Activism against gender based violence. See more
8 December 2018
A cartoon exhibition, called Femitoons was held at Cox’s Bazar to raise awareness about gender-based violence. People who visit the exhibition can also buy products made by Rohingya refugees. At the same time, Rohingya men and boys, now refugees in Cox’s Bazar join a silent march to end gender-based violence. See more
7 December 2018
To understand challenges faced by Pakistan parliamentarians and priorities of Caucus agenda and seek Caucus's commitment for greater attention to influence policies, Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, met with parliamentarians from Women's Parliamentary Caucus. She offered support to strengthen parliamentary gender equality mechanisms and co-convene dialogue, generate evidence, media, and communications training. Read more
Wrap up ED’s visit to Pakistan during 16Days:
Commemorating this year’s #16Days of Activism, our Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, visited Pakistan. She met leaders from different sectors of society, such as politics, the private sector and community leaders, and called for continuous effort towards making gender equality central to all their work aimed at ending violence against women. Read more
6 December 2018
In the light of this year’s theme for #16days: #HearMetoo, our Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, stressed the need to make academic institutions free of harassment during an engaging dialogue with students and faculty members of SZABIST, Karachi, Pakistan. Read more
Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, in her dialogue with CEOs of private companies today, stressed upon the corporate leaders to be more proactive towards embracing gender equality in their operations. While responding to the call from Executive Director, CEOs of 10 private companies from Karachi, Pakistan pledged their commitment for action on gender equality. Read more
UN Women and the Markets for Change project partnered with Oxfam-Vanuatu in order to provide members of the Market Vendors Association with orange caps, aprons and t-shirts to wear over the course of the 16 Days of Activism in order to encourage dialogue on ending violence against women. Several speakers from Australian High Commission, New Zealand High Commission, Silae Vanua Market Vendor Association, Municipal Council of Vanuatu and the Department of Women’s Affairs also attended to speak out about the issue. Read more
5 December 2018
16 Days of Activism
We are creating murals across #Afghanistan to challenge thinking, transform assumptions, & stand in solidarity with survivors of violence against #women and #girls. Together, we can create a Gender Equal Afghanistan! #16Days #HearMeToo #MeTooAfghanistan ArtLordsโพสต์โดย UN Women Afghanistan เมื่อ วันพุธที่ 5 ธันวาคม 2018
UN Women Afghanistan partnered with ArtLords to create murals that would amplify the voices of women and girl survivors of violence to create a gender equal Afghanistan.
Tonga was recognised as a new priority country for the Pacific Partnership to End Violence Against Women and Girls. The Ministry of Internal Affairs, Acting Chief Executive Officer, ‘Onetoto ‘Anisi, provided the official welcome at the Tonga launch, and was joined by speakers from two coordinating partners in the regional programme; the Pacific Community (SPC) and UN Women Fiji Multi-Country Office (MCO).
The partnership brings together governments, civil society organisations, communities and other partners to promote gender equality, prevent violence against women and girls (VAWG), and increase access to quality response services for survivors. Read more
On her 1st visit to Pakistan, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women, joins the call for an end to child marriage at #6Days event in Mithi, Tharparkar, and encourages the community to voice their commitment to change the lives of girls and young women for the better. Read more Read more
4 December 2018
On December 4th, over 70 women and men from the Southern Border Provinces of Thailand gathered to amplify their voices and reaffirm their commitment to end violence against women and girls at the event organized by UN Women in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security and Women Civic Network for Peace. Read more
Survivors of violence from different backgrounds came together at Alliance Francaise Bangkok, Thailand on the 4th of December to share their experiences of violence and strength. Over 200 people were in attendance, ranging from members of the diplomatic community to the media and creatives.
Alongside the storytelling event was an exhibition of the images and stories from “ThaiConsent,” an online platform where readers can submit their stories of violence. The founder of “ThaiConsent,” Wipaphan Wongsawang, creates illustrations to accompany the stories. Read more
In Samoa, a national rugby competition was held for youth with 19 teams participating, 9 of which were all-female teams. This years’ inaugural competition on the island of Savaii was coordinated by Samoa Rugby Union and Oceania Rugby, with sponsorship from Tradepac Company Limited, Bluesky and support from UN Women as gender equality partner. The hope is to create an equal playing field in the world of rugby, so that both men and women can participate in and enjoy the sport. Read more
1 December 2018
UN Women India Multi-Country Office organised a conference along the theme of #HearMeToo. Survivors of violence shared their stories in New Delhi, India. A video entitled Lakeer, which shows the experinces of violence faced by many Indian women, was also launched. Read more
30 November 2018
With the support of Twitter, the UN Women National Committee in Singapore held a panel to highlight the need for communities to act to support survivors of gender-based violence as well as to listen to the voices of survivors. Read more
A touching and inspiring song was created by Jobecca Watinga, a final year accounting student at the University of Papua New Guinea. The song reflects many young girls’ dreams to live free of violence in Papua New Guinea (PNG). Watinga hopes that through the song she can raise awareness on ending violence against women and girls and making the communities in PNG safer. Read more
Cindy Bishop, creator of the #DontTellMeHowToDress exhibition visited the Philippines to learn more about their efforts to end violence against women and girls. She joined UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador for Asia and the Pacific Pia Wurtzbach and United Nations Resident Coordinator Ola Almgren, to call to #HearMeToo. Read more
A three-day workshop is the initial step in developing a campaign to end violence against women and trafficking in persons, to understand trends in EVAW and trafficking in persons in ASEAN, to learn about campaign planning essentials and communication for Development (C4D). Read more
28 November 2018
Lakeer: Draw a line to End Violence Against Women and Girlsโพสต์โดย UN Women India เมื่อ วันอังคารที่ 27 พฤศจิกายน 2018
UN Women India created a video to take you into the daily life of women in rural India who experience violence across spaces and across generations. Viewers are encouraged to to #drawaline to end violence against women and girls once and for all. See more
UN Women and UN Country Team in Cambodia stood in solidarity with survivors of gender-based violence and committed to ending violence in all its forms during the SDG Leadership Lab. All colleagues showed their support by wearing orange and writing commitments! See more
27 November 2018
UN Women Asia and the Pacific Regional Director a.i Ms Anna Karin Jatfors was hosted by the UN Women Fiji Multi Country Office at a lunch in order to thank the vendors of the Suva market who helped facilitate the visit of the Duchess of Sussex, Megan Markle in October. Read more
More than 700 people, from ministries, development partners and youth groups joined UN Women and the National Commission for the Advancement of Women and Mother and Child (NCAWMC) to kick off 16 Days of Activities at the National Cultural Hall in Laos. Read more
26 November 2018
Through the Ministry of Women, Youth, Sport and Social Affairs, the Kiribati Government launched the Kiribati Standard Operating Procedures for Gender-Based Violence Response in partnership with the SafeNet network of government and non-government frontline service providers and UN Women. The document outlines a roadmap for government and non-government entities to work together to provide services for survivors. Read more
25 November 2018
In recognition of the fact that every 1 out of 3 Indonesian women has experienced violence at least once in her lifetime, regardless of level of education, social status or age, Indonesian influencers delivered a strong message to urge everyone to speak out, and to stand in solidarity with survivors and act to stop normalizing violence against women and girls. More videos
UN Women Japan Liaison Office partnered with UNFPA Tokyo to hold a film screening to kick off the 16 Days of Activism. 142 people were in attendance to watch “The Man Who Mends Women,” a documentary by Dr. Denis Mukwege, the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. A panel discussion followed with panelists Kae Ishikawa (Director of UN Women JLO), Mariko Sato (Director of UNFPA Tokyo), Yumiko Udo (Well-known reporter), Daisuke Furuta (Launch Editor in Chief) and Satoshi Liyama (Student’s activist). The attendees were then encouraged to write down how they were going to help in the fight to end violence against women and girls. Read more
All Seven Provincial Assembly buildings across the Nepal lit up in orange to commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on 25 November. Read more
UN Women Timor-Leste collaborated with the Embassy of Sweden and UNICEF in organizing the Swedish Dads photo exhibition to Timor-Leste from 24 to 30 November 2018, which explores how Swedish fathers and Timorese dads view role of the modern man, in contrast to the traditional, stereotypical view. UN Women Timor-Leste also organized a one-day workshop on “Good Parenting and Respectful Relationship” which were attended by 10 fathers who submitted the photos, along with their partners. Read more
UN Women and J. Walter Thompson creative agency joined hands to kick off the #HearMeToo campaign today in Thailand. The campaign aims to raise public awareness about violence against women, and to honour the work of fearless survivors of violence, activists, and women’s rights advocates working to prevent and end violence against women. Media outlets and opinion leaders were also encouraged to ensure balanced coverage when discussing the issues of violence against women.
The digital campaign consists of an interactive 360° immersive experience, in which users have to find a solution to end domestic violence. It also puts a spotlight on the brave women who endured violence and found courage to speak up. Through powerful stories told by survivors of violence, visitors will learn about different types of violence and about the actions each of us can take to help put an end to it. Leading Thai media outlets, celebrities and opinion leaders will continue to amplify the voices of fearless survivors, who have said “enough is enough”. To support the campaign visit: HearMeToo.or.th
In Thailand, over 3000 runners joined the Khon Kaen Walk and Run. Organized by an alliance of 208 public and private entities in the Khon kaen province in Thailand, the run was aimed at supporting the movement to create a world free of violence against women and girls.
The global event “Dance for Kindness” commemorated International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women with more than 5,000 dancers participating in an event near Hoan Kiem lake, in Hanoi, Viet Nam. A two minute Freezemob paid tribute to victims and survivors of gender-based violence, and an impressive Flashmob welcomed World Kindness Week and the kick off of the 16 Days of Activism. At the same time, a photo exhibition showcasing photos and stories on ending violence to women and girls was opened to the public.
In Myanmar, UN Women and the Yangon City Development Committee commenced the 16 Days of Activism campaign by lighting the Yangon City Hall, a central landmark, in orange to bring attention to the issue in Myanmar and globally.
24 November 2018
Acid Survivor's dance performanceโพสต์โดย UN Women Bangladesh เมื่อ วันอาทิตย์ที่ 25 พฤศจิกายน 2018
On 24 November, UN Women in Bangladesh and civil society organizations came together at Shoparjito Shadhinota, Dhaka University Campus, Bangladesh, to commemorate the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. Twelve organizations including WE CAN, BNPS, Mahila Parishad, Indigenous Women’s Network, Concern Bangladesh, and Acid Survivors’ Foundation participated in various cultural activities, including street theatre skits, dance and musical performances under the theme of “#HearMeToo”. The ceremony was opened by Ayesha Khanom, one of the most prominent women’s rights activist of Bangladesh. There were also speeches from youth advocates, and a poem recited by a survivor of rape on her own story of fight and triumph.
The iconic Colombo was lit up in orange as Sri Lanka joins the quest to end violence against women and girls!
Ten speakers, ranging from entertainers to researchers spoke up about their experiences in the fight for gender equality. More than 300 delegates and participants from 9 embassies and partners were in attendance to kick stat the 16 Days of Activism in Viet Nam. Read more
23 November 2018
An event entitled The E.Quality Talks, held at the UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok, brought together survivors of violence from different backgrounds to tell their stories. The panel included Cindy Bishop, model, host and creator of the #DontTellMeHowToDress exhibition; Wipaphan Wongsawang, artist and founder of the ThaiConsent movement; lawyer Busayapa Srisompong, founder of SHero; LGBTIQ activist Chitsanupong Nithiwana; the young feminist artist Kamolros Wonguthum; and Watcharapon Kukaewkasem, a migrant women’s rights advocate and social worker.
The speakers bravely shared their experiences of violence with over 100 attendees, including representatives from a variety of UN agencies, the diplomatic community, Thai government officials, civil society organizations and the media. Each of the speakers recounted why they felt compelled to openly speak about their experiences and how they are pushing for justice for women in similar situations.
Additionally, the #DontTellMeHowToDress exhibition was put up for the duration of the 16 Days of Activism. The exhibition shows the clothing worn by survivors of violence at the time of their assault. The aim of the exhibition is to put an end to the victim blaming culture that says that the way someone dresses and behaves may be the reason why they experience sexual harassment or violence. Read more
Representatives from the UN Women Bangladesh country office gathered for an interactive session to discuss how to put an end to the culture of gender-based violence. They then got their hands dirty creating handprints in clay, which is the symbol for the movement to put an end to violence against women and girls.
In India, the UN House was bathed in orange light to commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The orange colour is in line with the theme of this year’s UNiTE campaign: “Orange The World: #HearMeToo”.
13 November 2018
To kick off the 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence in the region, prominent press outlets and national women’s machinery from Laos were supported by UN Women in order to receive training on gender responsive news reporting. The aim was to educate media about ethics when reporting news on violence against women and girls and about the ways in which gender shapes the distribution of power across all levels of society.