The International Day for the Eradication of Violence Against Women will be celebrated at the United Nations on Monday November 19th ahead of the the start of the 16 days campaign to end violence against women on November 25th which is a Sunday.
The theme adopted for he 16 days is Orange the World: #HearMeToo Under the theme Orange the World: #HearMeToo, the UNiTE partners are encouraged to host events with local, national, regional and global women’s movements, survivor advocates and women human rights defenders and create opportunities for dialogue between activists, policy-makers and the public. As in previous years, the colour orange will be a key theme unifying all activities, with buildings and landmarks lit and decorated in orange to bring global attention to the initiative.
Julia Quick writes Good Shepherd Services in Malaysia have planned 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based violence focusing on girl-child. Below is the write up by Ms Chin Poh Choo, Director of Good Shepherd Services, Malaysia.
*Good Shepherd Services, Malaysia Goes Orange* They have been ‘Orange’ for a number of years. This photo recalls 2016
This year, 2018 Good Shepherd’s 16 Days of Activism will shine a light on the Girl-Child.
A 16 Days Reflection Booklet containing courageous stories from girl-child survivors and reflection on perspectives of sexual gender-based violence in the context of indigenous communities in Sabah, will be launched to kick-off the campaign on 25 November 2018 in Tambunan. The printed booklet will be in Bahasa Malaysia while the English version will be available online.
A #HearMeToo 6km run along the scenic rice fields in Tambunan which is expected to draw a field of about 400 runners from the district will follow after the official launch.
Tambunan is the site of GSS’ community-based program on the protection and safety of the Girl-Child which involves 18 villages over a span of three years. Through the project we have managed to engage with state government agencies and key stakeholders in communities to dialogue on native customary practices and laws on the issue of SGBV. It is hoped that at by the end of the third year, communities will be mobilized and
empowered to spearhead the advocacy for positive changes to the customary laws and practices that can provide a more comprehensive protection for the girl-child in indigenous communities.
Daily events throughout the 16 days will be conducted across the various Good Shepherd ministries, educations institutions and communities in Sabah and in Ipoh.
From Nong Khai, Thailand – Sutisa Utalun writes “I and all the Good Shepherd Team have just finished our third meeting with Government partners regarding the upcoming event on ending violence against women and children. The event will be held on November 30th and we expect up to 5,000 participants in the event. Sutisa posted some pictures on her Facebook on November 8th
‘Thank you to the governor of Nong Khai, the great mind and the Deputy Governor of Nong Khai, who sees the importance of the collaboration of our brothers in all sectors, engaging in joint resistance and opposition to all kinds of violence, including the slave trade in the form of human trafficking in this new era. The event will take place at the cultural courtyard of the royal culture of the royal sirindhorn of the royal family of Thailand from 13:00 pm -16:00 pm.” Sutisa hopes to meet all the brothers and sisters. See you soon!