ending eVAW and online feminist campaigns

Reposting this statement from Philippine-based women’s NGO WEDPRO about their jazzed up version of the usual 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign which usually starts November 25 each year. More info on that here.

WEDPRO’s version is a conversation among women, also connecting it with eVAW or electronic Violence Against Women. Use the hashtag #18days18Qs  if you want to join in on the conversation and answer the daily questions they post on their FB account.

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From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World:

Let’s Challenge Militarism and End Violence Against Women!

18 Days of Activism Against Women & Gender Violence Campaign 2011

 

Home and Battlefields: Statement from WeDpro, Inc.

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence uses the 16 days between International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (25 November) and International Human Rights Day (10 December) to reinforce that eliminating all forms of violence against women is a human rights issue and that the act of perpetrating violence against women is a human rights violation. The 16 Days Campaign brings the human rights framework to the heart of its work and utilizes it to ensure that both state and non-state actors are held accountable for acts of violence against women. (Center for Women’s Global Leadership, 2011)

The Women’s Education, Development, Productivity & Research Organization (WeDpro), Inc. in collaboration with the Philippine Women’s Network for Peace & Security (PWNPS) joins the world and especially women who seek peace amidst turmoil and wars in commemorating the annual 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign

This year’s theme, “From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World,” seeks to highlight the connections between violence against women and militarism at all levels – from the domestic sphere to conflict. It also emphasizes that our peaceful, non-violent actions and attitudes “at home” in our local communities can extend outward and influence peace in the world.

WeDpro is featuring various social media strategies to address the multi-faceted multi-dimensional l and multi-locale manifestations of violence against women as they occur in war zones, in the field and factories, in communities and churches, in schools and communities, inside the privacy of homes and bedrooms. Violence chooses no age, no social standing, no color of skin, no profession, no civil status and no one. While women are the majority of victims, data show the rising incidence of boys and LGBTs subjected to violence.

Multimedia, particularly the internet and social networking have been for some years now used to expose, explore and oppose the gigantic net of information from various sources.  On the other hand, it has also been used by soul-less individuals, groups and organized crimes – including public officials ansd police authorities — to recruit women and children as commodities of human trafficking; it has perpetrated some of the worst violence including pornography depicting women and children as sexual objects and “meat of flesh” ready to be taken at the instance of the flicker of screen monitors, as words are typed in keyboards of computers that are being used to further wars, violence and human rights violations.

Many women, and men, deny the pervasiveness of violence.  Silence is a word to describe the millions of victims who have decided, are deciding to keep their mouths shut.  Fear. Stigma. Family honor. Traditions. Ignorance.  Apathy.

It is time to help not just ourselves, but the next generation of women, girls and boys.  They need a better life than what we have now.

Stopping and exposing violence, whatever its manifestations, reasons and traditions, can begin to stop wars.  Wars are violent manifestations of societies and elites who conquer lands, resources and populations, and especially women and children who are used for the perpetuation of needless profits and the pursuit of global capitalism and patriarchal agenda.

Let’s Challenge Militarism and End Violence Against Women!

UNiTE to End Violence Against Women!

Women Unite to Claim our Rights!

Reference: WeDpro, Inc.

Phone/Fax: [+632] 4267579

Email: admin@wedprophils.org; aida.santos@wedprophils.org

 

 

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~ by leaflens on November 27, 2011.

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