Our members have been very busy during the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-BAsed Violence and we want to share impressions from the different events with you!
During their street action in Modrica, Buducnost had the chance to discuss their work and organisation with Bosnian media.
They also talked to locals and even though they were a bit scared at first, the postcard we designed for the campaign managed to break the ice and open the door for conversations around violence, perpetrator work, their men's center and WWP EN.
In their workshop, Buducnost talked to local men about different forms of violence against women and how this effects both their and their partners' lives. Take a look at the pictures and see how it went!
For a video of the event and a great article on Buducnost and the WWP EN campaign in Bosnian, go here.
If you want to see and hear more from CAM Firenze, check out the Instagram takeover they did on our Instagram page.
As part of the Florence Human Rights Film Festival, CAM Firenze organised a film screening of "Zitta!" a collection of short films showing different stories around intimate partner violence. Afterwards, Alessandra Pauncz, WWP EN Executive Director, participated in a panel and had a chance to share information on their perpetrator programme and organisation.
Rossano and Stella from CAM Firenze had the chance to speak to members from different migrant communities about issues they face when working against gender-based violence.
Let us live! Freely, self-determined and without violence!
Almost every other week a woman in Austria dies as a result of domestic violence. In 2018, according to media reports, 32 women were killed by their (ex-)partners or family members. There is a significant increase in high-risk cases and femicides in Austria.
At the beginning of the 16 days against violence against women and girls, the Austrian Alliance For A Life Free From Violence built a living memorial for women and girls who have died as a result of gender-based violence.
A case that has been particularly troubling us in recent months is the murder of a 15-year-old girl by her brother in Vienna in September 2017. There were signs that pointed to the dangerous nature of the situation. The girl had tried to free herself from the violence of her family twice and had even filed a police complaint – but she did not get the help she needed! As in so many other cases, her murder could have been prevented!
In an action of living resistance, we dedicated a tree on Reumannplatz, in the 10th district of Vienna (the district where the girl used to live) to murdered women and girls. Colourful bands, printed with supportive messages and demands were wrapped around the tree’s trunk and branches. The tree is supposed to represent the women’s will to lead a self-determined life free from violence. Passer-bys were asked to add their own wishes, memories, messages for themselves, other women or victims of violence and to attach them to the tree. Information on violent protection, shelters and specialist support services were also placed on the tree, to be picked off by passer-bys.
We demand better protection and support measures for victims of gender-based violence. We also commemorated all other victims of gender-based violence and said: Let us live - freely, self-determined and without violence!
The Alliance For A Life Free From Violence is a cooperation between over 30 Austrian NGOs and civil society oranisations lobbying for a full implementation of the Istanbul Convention in Austria.
To promote the campaign, DUGA-Zagreb and DPP/SPA organised a round table with Dean Ajduković (SPA), Tatjana Katkić Stanić (Head of the Sector for Policy Coordination and Promotion of Professional Activities of the Centers for Social Welfare), Maja Mamula („Woman's Room“ Coordinator), Dubravka Vujnović Radaković (Home Duga – Zagreb), Tanja Brozić Perić (Centre for Social Welfare, Zagreb).
They discussed important problems, such as a lack of funding for work against domestic violence, but also upcoming positive changes allowing for perpetrator work in social welfare centers.
During this street action, the organisations talked to citizens about the problem of domestic violence and to point out the importance of centers for psycho-social treatment. The activity was supported by the City of Zagreb and three women's support services (Ženska pomoć sada, B.a.B.e., Ženska soba). About 500 flyers and postcards were distributed druing the day and since the advent fair in the center of Zagreb was already in existence, there was a great turnout!
For the campaign, the SOS Center in Prague organised a screening of the film "A Better Man" includig sign language interpreters and subtitles to reach out to the deaf community. A great event!
The Youth Forum on "Gender Equality is a Human Right" focused on addressing issues related to gender equality, interventions in the prevention of domestic violence, and the role of women in the family and society. The forum addressed specific issues related to the role of men in the engagement and promotion of gender equality. Academic and practical approaches of the various themes enabled students to be informed about psycho-social and legal aspects of gender equality and the role of each gender in reducing domestic violence. This forum was organized by ZDB & WtW in cooperation with the Shkodër Youth Parliament, with the participation of the "Commissioner for Protection from Discrimination" of the Municipality of Shkodër.
During the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, the Center for Men and Boys organised a workshop on "Engagement of Men and Boys: Condition for the Promotion of Gender Equality". This workshop sensitized young men for the importance of active involvement of men and boys in the movement for gender equality and promotion of women's rights. They also learned about methods and actions that men and boys can take, best practices from different countries, etc. The workshop additionally promoted the #ResponsibleTogether campaign to show the role that part perpetrator programmes play in fighting gender-based violence. The participants committed actively take part in the 16 Days campaign through the motto "Responsible Together" and take their responsibility to end violence against women and girls.
For a news report on the workshop, go here.
As part of the 16 Days of Activism against GVB, "Woman to Woman" and ZDB, in cooperation with the Youth Social Club and the gymnasiums of Shkodër, organized TRIO- #TëPërgjegjshëmsëBashku. The trio march started from three main points of the city, and then the groups finished near the Shkodër city hall. These young people emphasized their desire to contribute to community awareness, promotion of initiatives and actions to prevent violence against women, strengthening of cooperation between local actors responsible for implementing the law against domestic violence. The activity evoked the curiosity and desire of people to join in fighting against violence in our country. Also, the launch of the three separate groups and then their union shows that each of us can raise the voice to say STOP VIOLENCE, but that together we are stronger in the fight.
The activity was organized in the city's main square, and invited citizens to become members of the #ResponsibleTogether Campaign through the Instant Photo Shoot frame with the motto "Responsible Together" and "Hear Me Too". The instant pictures were printed in two copies, one for the citizen and one pinned in the big board placed in the square. The citizens held a message against Gender Based Violence and also shared their framed picture with the message on their social media. Check out the pictures to see how it went and what people shared!
The "Men that Love" photo exhibition was organized by “The Office for Boys and Men” (ZDB) and “Woman to Woman”, finalizing the marathon of activities developed during the 16 days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence.
24 photos presented through the personal stories of 22 characters, stimulate and reinforce discussions around the positive realities of everyday life. Real-life characters, promoters of gender equality aimed to raise attention on the gender transformative roles, stimulating positive models of everyday life, particularly through focusing on the human relationships, displaying in different ways perceptions of gender equality and models of change, challenging masculinity and changing gender stereotypes in our society.
For a video report on the event, go here.