SpeakUp to end Violence Against Women

SpeakUp to end Violence Against Women

A social media campaign in support of the 16 Days of Activism (International, Nov.25-Dec.10) and 18 Days of Activism (Philippines, Nov.25-Dec.12) to end violence against women

People are shocked to discover that, in this day and age, many women still experience violence in their own homes, or even by the hands of their loved ones. Unfortunately, the reality is that many women, here in the Philippines and around the world, suffer violence or abuse based primarily on their gender.

- 1 in 5 Filipino women aged 15-49 has experienced physical violence since age 15.
- 23% of women who were married experienced emotional abuse.
- 1 in 7 women who were married experienced physical violence by their husband.
- 3 in 5 women who experienced physical or sexual violence reported experiencing depression, anxiety, and anger.
- In the Philippines, rape is the most widespread form of violence against women.
- In 2011. There were 6,043 reported cases of rape, and over 1,000 cases of attempted rape. (National Statistics Office)

For more data on violence against Filipino women, visit http://pcw.gov.ph/statistics/201210/statistics-violence-against-filipino-women

Violence against women is not confined to physical abuse; it can also take the form of emotional, verbal, psychological, economic, and sexual abuse. It is a social problem that continues to prevail in the Philippines.

What can be done to stop this?

November 25 is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. It also marks the beginning of the 16 Days of Activism leading up to Human Rights Day on December 10. This is a worldwide campaign to raise awareness that violence against women is one of the most widespread human rights abuses across the globe.

Learn more about the worldwide 16 Days Campaign on http://16dayscwgl.rutgers.edu/ For more info on the International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women, visit http://www.ipu.org/wmn-e/vaw/day.htm

In the Philippines, our local campaign is extended to 18 Days, to include Anti-Trafficking of Persons Day on December 12. This year, our local campaign is adapting the theme “VAW-Free Society in Times of Peace, Conflict and Calamity,” in order to highlight the importance of addressing gender concerns whether in armed conflict or disaster situations.

Visit http://pcw.gov.ph/event/18-day-campaign-end-violence-against-women-vaw-2012 to learn more about our local campaign.

A vital step in eliminating this social ill is to raise awareness among the public. We need to build an informed citizenry that will not allow violence against women to perpetuate in our society. We need people to speak up, because to defend women’s rights is to stand up for our human rights.

And this is where you come in.

This year, we’re utilizing social media so that more people can participate in the campaign and learn more about this issue. On November 25, we start the 18 Day Campaign on social media using the #SpeakUp hashtag, and we need your help to make it viral! You can choose to do any of the following:

1. Upload to Instagram or change your Twitter display photo to a picture of yourself holding up our downloadable sign*, like this:

2. Upload to Instagram or change your Twitter display photo to a picture of yourself holding up your hand as if staying STOP, with a sign on your palm, like this:

You can opt to put up your hand and just write “STOP” on your palm. Or you can simply just put up your hand.

3. Add a white Twibbon to your display photo through this website: http://twibbon.com/support/violence-against-women

You’re free to make your own sign, and even make your own slogan to inform your followers about the campaign. The important thing is to use the #SpeakUp hashtag in your tweets to be consistent with our cause. Encourage your friends and followers to participate in the campaign by using the #SpeakUp hashtag and changing their display photos, too!

Throughout the course of the 18 Day Campaign, we will be tweeting information to up the public’s consciousness on this issue. Feel free to RT or tweet your own insights – with the #SpeakUp hashtag, of course! With your help and enthusiastic support, we can show the world that we care about our women. Together, we can finally put a stop to violence against them.#

*Downloadable sign (just right click, save image as), or you can make you own!

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