A Philippine Campaign to End Violence Against Women Online
FB page: https://www.facebook.com/18days18questionsonVAW?fref=ts
The project was supported by the Association for Progressive Communication Women’s Networking Support Programme, Take Back the Tech! Reclaim ICTs to end violence against women, in cooperation with the Foundation for Media Alternatives (FMA)
Implementation period: 16 November until 10 December 2011
The project consisted of two major activities: the Implementation of an integrated social media campaign using diverse online platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Blog, Youtube) starting on November 24th of the 16 Days of Activism against Violence Against Women (also alternately referred to as Gender Violence). It will kick off with an on online discourse initiated by five (5) female personalities answering the question on Facebook: “What is it to be a real woman”; 5 male personalities answering the question “What is it to be a real man?” – tied up to the issue of VAW, as part of the campaign. The idea is to get as many responses from the public and to eventually build up on the 1st two questions to talk about specific areas of violence and its nuances as recently experienced by women.
The second part of the campaign uses the same social networking sites and post statements with “I have experienced … [cite any form of VAW or gender based violence including and especially EVAW] which the user can complete. There will be a translation of this in the lingua franca to enable as many as possible to participate. This campaign was envisioned to last for at least 12 months, and can be a continuing campaign. Through this a documentation of various forms of VAW is collated and linked up to the TBTT Global documentation efforts. At this point, the campaign will introduce the mapping platform by TBTT beginning with its staff and partners. To sustain this, WeDpro shall seek additional funding to hire someone who will continue to manage the sites. WeDpro has a program that addresses victims of VAW and women and youth vulnerable to VAW and other gender based exploitation; the program has documented and continues to document the stories and cases of these women and youth.